"Well done. Keep it up. In spite of severe constraints and unprecedented demand, you have managed judiciously the power supply and saved the farmers' interest and the students. I am sure you will continue the good job", said Chief Minister K Rosaiah.
The Chief Minister immediately after returning from Visakahapatnam tour reviewed the latest power situation on the conclusion of the rabi season with the power sector officials.
Rosaiah had a special word of praise for Principal Secretary, Energy, Suthirtha Bhattacharya, Chairman and MD, APTransco Ajay Jain and CMDs of four DISCOMs and the entire power sector staff for the most efficient management of the power supply during the peak season.
"Now you must chalk out a short term and long term strategy to meet the future power demand which is ever increasing. You must have a complete thorough plan to meet the power requirements for the next rabi now itself. There should be advance planning. Andhra Pradesh is in the forefront of agricultural production. The nation much depends on our farm sector for the food security. Hence we have to provide the needed power supply to the farmers for the next rabi. On one side we have to expedite the construction of power projects. On the other side we have to evolve a short, medium and long term strategy to meet the future power demand in the State", the Chief Minister told the power sector officials.
The Chief Minister said that Andhra Pradesh is one of the fastest developing State. "Demand for power from all sectors, agricultural, domestic and industrial is ever increasing. We have the maximum number Special Economic Zones. We are also leading in agricultural production. Though we have planned for power generation in a big way, the projects take time for commercial operations. But the demand is shooting up. I do not want the agriculture sector to suffer at any cost. Hence the APTransco has to plan for short, medium and long term power purchases, if needed, well in advance", Rosaiah said.