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BJP protests against power deficit in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad, Aug 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a protest here on Friday against the acute power shortage in Andhra Pradesh.

BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya condemned the erratic power cuts, which extended up to 12 hours and informed that overall 20 lakh labourers are likely to be affected.

“Our industries are also suffering due to power shortage. There is no electricity for about 12 hours everyday. Approximately 20 lakh workers are on the verge of quitting and the common man is also affected. There are 12 hour-long power cuts and electricity distribution has erratic patterns,” said Dattatreya.

” The Congress Party is in power both at the central and state level, and we want them to look into the matter,” he added.

Dattatreya also demanded that the state government should convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue.

“The chief minister has assured people that as much as 500 mega watt electricity would be purchased by the state but we have doubts as to how and when it would be made accessible to the people. We demand the state government to convene an all-party meeting and brief us about the situation,” he said.

Key implementation challenges for India’s electricity sector include new project management and execution, ensuring availability of fuel quantities and qualities, lack of initiative to develop large coal and natural gas resources present in India, land acquisition, environmental clearances at state and central government level, and training of skilled manpower to prevent talent shortages for operating latest technology plants.

Last month, India was hit by grid failure over a period of two consecutive days.

The blackout, one of the worst to hit India in a decade, highlighted the nation’s inability to feed a growing hunger for energy as it strives to become a regional economic power. (ANI)