"We fear that the high power demand in these two areas, particularly due to the presence of IT firms, may cause tripping of the sub-stations. To prevent this, we have asked the software companies to run operations on generators for two hours everyday in the peak evening hours," said a senior discom official.
Though there has been no formal agreement between the discom and the IT companies, a verbal agreement has been arrived at recently to deal with the impending crisis. It is learnt that discom officials have promised to restore full supply as and when the power generation improves to meet the needs of all the industrial sectors.
The IT companies have been given the option to choose a two-hour slot between 6.30 and 10.30 pm, based on their convenience. Discom officials said the step was taken in accordance with the state government's decision to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the domestic sector in the evening hours.
Running operations on a generator would cost companies a fortune. While it normally costs Rs 4-5 per unit of power supplied by CPDCL, the IT companies would have to spend Rs 14 per unit if they switch on a diesel generator.
At Raheja IT Park in Madhapur, for instance, the average consumption of power is 28 megawatts daily for all the 56 software firms running operations from that block. The IT Park is now generating a substantial quantity of power at Rs 14 per unit with the help of diesel generators to keep its business going.
Representatives of the IT sector are questioning the discom's move considering that the state earned a Rs 36,000 crore through IT exports in the last financial year. "The IT export turnover has gone up from Rs 12,521 crore to Rs 36,000 crore in five years, but the way we are forced to bear additional expenses is surely a cause for concern," observed an analyst.