The Andhra Pradesh government on March 5 promised to provide uninterrupted power supply to small industrial units across the State within two days, according to various news reports.
Members of The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Small Industries Association (FAPSIA) and the Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh were on a week-long hunger strike to protest the lack of adequate power to their industrial units.
A decision was taken at the highest level, according to a Deccan Chronicle report, to use costly regasified liquefied natural gast or RLNG to generat additional power. A formal announcement will be made soon. Ironically, power utilities in AP have still not come up with an estimation of the power demand for small-scale industrial units, the DC article added.
The Economic Times, in its report, quotes AP Power Transmission Corporation chief Ajay Jain as saying that the State “will buy RLNG and (get) the independent power producers (IPPs) to use their idle capacities to generate at least 250MW” of power for small scale industries (SSIs). The move would add a INR200 crore burden on the State exechequer over the next two months, Jain added.