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PHOTOS: Seemandhra battles with protests and power crisis

Last updated on: October 07, 2013 15:49 IST

PHOTOS: Seemandhra battles with protests and power crisis

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Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions continued to reel under power crisis as 30,000 electricity employees of the two areas stood on with their strike on Monday against the Union cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

The employees of the state power generation, transmission and distribution companies began an indefinite strike on Sunday, which badly affected the power generation and supply situation in the two regions and also Hyderabad.

Hyderabad's IT city has been facing power cuts from Monday morning. 

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Image: Police crackdown on an anti-Telangana supporter in the Vizianagaram district in Andhra Pradesh
Photographs: SnapsIndia

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The strike has forced cancellation of several train services and also the ongoing 'Brahmotsavams' at Tirumala hills, the abode of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati.Around 32 passenger trains cancelled and many others running late, according to television reports

According to Power System Operation Corporation of PowerGrid figures, as many as three transmission lines of 400 kv and another two lines of 400/220 kv were tripped due to the agitations in Seemandhra region. The figures suggested that only 2,990 MW thermal power was produced as against the installed capacity of 6,090 MW on Sunday.

Similarly, power from the hydel generation stood at 1,694 MW against the installed capacity of 3,937 MW.

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Image: Curfew has been imposed in Vizianagaram
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Several gas-based power plants are also not functioning due to gas shortage problems. Senior electricity officials in Hyderabad would hold talks with the leaders of the striking employees on Monday to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, protests continued across the two regions by pro-united Andhra employees, who have been on strike since August 13.

The employees on Sunday announced a fresh programme of agitations till October 20. They said they preferred to hold talks with the chief minister and not with oth

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Image: United Andhra supporters torch a jeep in Vizianagaram
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Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy would hold talks with the striking employees on October 9, according to P Ashok Babu, president of Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers association.

The indefinite fast launched by YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday last against the state bifurcation entered the third day. Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu is scheduled started his indefinite fast in Delhi on Monday against the way the Centre set out to divide the state.

Meanwhile, the cabinet sub-committee on employees issues held talks with the leaders of striking employees on Monday.


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Image: 32 trains have been cancelled following a strike by 30,000 employees
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The chief minister had on Sunday asked employees of Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited from the Seemadhra districts to call off the strike and resume duty considering the ongoing 'Brahmotsavams' at the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.

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Image: Children join the protests against Telangana in the Andhra region
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The officials of the TTD held discussions with the electricity employees and power supply to Tirumala was restored subsequently.

The CM had also appealed to the striking employees of TRANSCO, GENCO and DISCOMs to resume duties immediately.


Image: Police crackdown on anti-Telangana supporters
Photographs: SnapsIndia

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