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Striking power workers plunge Andhra into darkness

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APSeveral towns and hundreds of villages in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh Sunday plunged into darkness while several trains were cancelled as the indefinite strike by electricity employees to protest the decision to divide the state hit power generation and supply. Following talks with the officials on Sunday night, employees agreed to restore supply in six districts but made it clear that they would resume the strike Monday morning.

Supply was restored in Chittoor, Kadapa, Nellore, Guntur, Prakasam and Krishna districts after the managing director of Southern Power Distribution Company Limited HY Dora held talks with employees' leaders. The strike caused severe inconvenience to people in Seemandhra, as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra are together known. There was no exemption to emergency services like hospitals, water supply and agriculture. Power supply in Vijayawada, Guntur, Ongole, Nellore, Anantapur and other towns was also hit. In south coastal Andhra, employees cut supply to even the houses of central and state ministers, blaming them for the failure to stall the central government's decision to carve out separate Telangana state.

An indefinite strike launched on Sunday by electricity employees of Rayalaseema and the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh hit power supply in six districts of the state and also forced the railways to cancel train services. Hundreds of villages in six coastal Andhra districts plunged into darkness as the electricity employees went on an indefinite strike to protest the Centre's decision to create a separate Telangana state. Seemandhra electricity employees' Joint Action Committee (JAC) said over 30,000 electricity employees were participating in the strike in Seemandhra, as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions are collectively known. The indefinite strike began after an earlier 48-hour-long strike ended on Sunday to protest the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate the state.

Source - FirstPost

 

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