Strike by Seemandhra employees has severely impacted power generation in Andhra Pradesh causing hardship to consumers and disrupting even essential services. Power generation totalling 4,000 MW has been hit.

Power generation has come to a halt since the past two days at 1,760-MW Narla Tata Rao Vijayawada thermal power station, 1,100-MW Rayalaseema thermal power station and 770-MW right bank hydel power house at Srisailam as the employees have abstained from work.

Hardship to people

This is causing severe hardship to people and has affected the normal life. Movement of trains has also been affected with the railway authorities deciding not to operate several trains.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has appealed to the striking staff to return to work, but they continue to abstain from work in support of unified Andhra Pradesh.

Water supply has also been affected in some districts in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra as there is no power. If the current situation continues, there is potential of southern grid collapse, Government sources said.

rishikumar.vundi@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on October 7, 2013)
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