The power crisis in Seemandhra districts was resolved on Tuesday evening as electricity employee unions withdrew their strike following talks with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.
While power supply was restored in the districts late on Monday night,there were intermittent power cuts on Tuesday as the crisis deepened and the gap between demand and supply increased. APTransco officials said that while the demand for power on Tuesday was around 11,500 MW,the supply was only 8,100 MW. But with the employees ending their strike,power supply is now expected to return to normal.
Earlier in the day,APGenco director (thermal) S Anjaneya Rao said that the Dr Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station (NTTPS) at Vijaywada had shut down completely. The seven units of NTTPs,with an installed capacity of 1760 MW,have shut down. Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project,with installed capacity of 1050 MW,has also completely shut down, he said.
Both the plants are expected to be functional by Wednesday.
Meanwhile,curfew remained in place in Vizianagaram town even as the 72-hour shutdown ended. While fuel stations,ATMs and banks had to close operations due to power cuts,life limped back to normal in the Seemandhra districts. Minor incidents of stone-pelting were reported in Chittor.
Shortage of fuel is likely to hit the districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh,parts of Chhattisgarh and Orissa as the Vizag Oil Tankers Association has decided to join the agitation from next week.
South Central Railway officials said all trains were running as per schedule,and they were introducing extra trains to clear festival rush.
IGP (north coastal districts) Dwaraka Tirumala Rao said that except in Vizianagaram town,where curfew remains in place,normal life has resumed in Srikakulam,rest of Vizianagaram district,Visakhapatnam and West Godavari. In the south coastal districts,from Krishna to Nellore,highways leading to Chennai and Bangalore reopened.
It is peaceful now and movement of traffic has resumed. There are roadblocks at a few places,but everything else has reopened since morning, said IGP (south coastal) P V Sunil Kumar.
7-member GoM set up,Raju out
New Delhi: The government Tuesday constituted a seven-member GoM on Telangana,dropping HRD Minister M Pallam Raju and bringing in Defence Minister A K Antony. The first GoM was supposed to have 10 members.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde,Defence Minister A K Antony,Finance Minister P Chidambaram,Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad,Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas M Veerappa Moily and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh are the members of the GoM. MoS for Personnel and Prime Ministers Office V Narayanasamy will be Special Invitee in the GoM.
Apart from Antony,other newly-inducted ministers are Azad,Moily and Ramesh.