Seemandhra Strike Hits Power Supply, Train Services
Seemandhra agitation on samaikyandhra, Seemandhra Strike hits power supply, Power generation stopped in Seemandhra due to strike, Andhra Pradesh plunged into darkness, Railways to cancel train services due to Seemandhra Strike, Seemandhra electricity employees associations Strike hits power supply to railways
Stepping up their agitation, power employees in Seemandhra on Sunday began an indefinite strike in protest against the decision to bifurcate the State to form Telangana even as Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy appealed to the agitating employees to resume their duties. Power generation at several power stations in the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions was severely hit and supply was impacted resulting in unscheduled power cuts in the two regions and also Hyderabad.
Power supply situation has gone astray as the gap between the demand and supply has widened with the indefinite strike from Sunday morning. The strike hit power supply in six districts of the state, forced the Railways to cancel train services and AP Transco to impose power cuts across the State. Several towns and villages across Andhra Pradesh plunged into darkness following the indefinite strike. While the demand is hovering between 10,000 mw to 11,000 mw the supply came down to 8,000 mw to 9,000 mw. The power supply utilities were deprived of about 2,000 mw power as the generation at VTPS, RTPP and Srisailam left bank station stopped. As of now, generation is being maintained to some extent and the transmission and distribution were affected at some places, official sources said.
The Seemandhra electricity employees associations had announced that about 70,000 employees of the AP transmission, generation corporation and distribution companies would go on strike. A report from Vijayawada said six out of seven units of Vijayawada Thermal Station were shut down due to employees’ strike in support of Samaikyandhra.
The power supply in Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool was totally cut-off while many areas in Chittoor district went without electricity on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the South Central Railway has cancelled several passenger trains running on Kazipet-Vijayawada, Vijayawada-Gudur-Tirupati sections on Sunday with a view to handle any situation arising out of possible break in power supply to the railways. In the morning, three trains were stopped between Vijayawada-Gudur by Samaikyandhra agitators and later they were resumed with police escort, sources said.
The Jaipur-Chennai Express, Secunderabad-Gudur Simhapuri Express and Yaswantapur-Howrah Express trains were stopped on Vijayawada-Gudur Section, railway sources said.
The Chief Minister has appealed to the striking employees “to resume their duties immediately since their strike is seriously impacting important services like hospitals, drinking water, railways etc.” He held a review meeting on the situation with senior officials of energy department, transmission and distribution companies, official sources said. The employees should rethink about their strike on humanitarian grounds as general public is suffering for no fault of theirs, Reddy said in his appeal. He has also directed the chief secretary and DGP to monitor the law and order situation closely and take stringent action against anti-social elements, sources said.
In view of the strike, the following trains are cancelled on Monday.
Train No. 12711 Vijayawada- Chennai Central Pinakini Express departing Vijayawada at 6 am
Train No. 12077 Chennai Central –Vijayawada Jan Shatabdi Express departing Chennai Central at 7 am
Train No. 57241 Bitragunta-Vijayawada Passenger departing Bitragunta at 4 am
Train No. 57240 Bitragunta-Chennai Central Passenger departing Bitragunta at 5.20 am.
Train No. 57239 Chennai Central–Gudur Passenger departing Chennai Central at 4 pm