The impact of the indefinite strike by the Joint Action Committees of Seemandhra and power employees continued to cause misery to the common man in all the 13 districts in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.
The normally busy Vijayawada Junction wears a deserted look as the number of trains passing through it on Monday fell drastically owing to power shortage on account of an agitation by electricity employees demanding a united Andhra Pradesh.
A power shutdown on Sunday crippled normal life in 13 districts of the Seemandhra region as the Power Employees’ Joint Action Committee called an indefinite strike since morning to protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The shutdown led to the closure of ATMs, petrol pump stations and cable operator services besides cancellation of several trains.
The impact was mainly due to the complete shutdown of the Vijayawada Thermal Power Station (VTPS), Rayalaseema Thermal Power Station (RTPS), Sileru-Donkarayi hydel power station and the right canal of Srisailam hydel project.
Close to 5,000 megawatt of power production has been completely halted, including supply from three private thermal plants — Reliance, Lanco and Spectrum. Over 145 sub-stations have been shut down and the estimated power shortage is almost half of the total State requirement.