AP to have round-the-clock power from October

In a move that could cause heartburn to power-starved Telangana, the Andhra Pradesh government said on Monday that it would provide round-the-clock power to its households from October.

Announcing the decisions taken at the state Cabinet meeting, IT minister Palle Raghuantha Reddy said 1,000 feeders are already online, and the others will be added to monitor even power distribution. He said additional power has been procured from Haryana (2,000 MW) and from Meenakshi Energy (140 MW) in Nellore.

The state Cabinet also decided to counter all the moves made by the Telangana government which reportedly violate the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act. The Cabinet concluded that the state would approach the governor, prime minister and President whenever the Act was violated by Telangana.

“There are over 100 institutions in Schedules 9 and 10 of the Act which are common in nature, and only 35 which were not distributed between the two states at the time of bifurcation. The Telangana government can't unilaterally change their names and call them their own,” said Reddy.

He added that the Cabinet expressed concern over the change of the name of the agricultural university and setting up of the Telangana Council for Higher Education, in alleged violation of the AP Reorganisation Act.

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