Hyderabad, Oct 6 (INN): Several towns and villages across Andhra Pradesh plunged into darkness on Sunday following the indefinite strike launched by electricity department employees of Seemandhra region in protest against the bifurcation of State.
Nearly 30,000 employees affiliated with Seemandhra Electricity Employees JAC went on strike hitting both, the power generation and supply. JAC chairman R Sai Baba announced that there would be no exemption to emergency services including hospitals, water supply and agriculture. The power supply in Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool was totally cut-off while many areas in Chittoor district went without electricity on Sunday afternoon. Besides 13 districts of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, the strike has hit transmission in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana region. There was a power cut in several areas of the State capital for more than hours on Sunday. The strike is also set to hit the Southern Grid as all four States – Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are inter-linked.
The strike also affected the train services. The South Central Railway cancelled seven passenger trains on Vijayawada-Gudur-Renigunta sections while eight passenger trains running on Kazipet-Vijayawada and Vijayawada-Gudur-Tirupati sections were cancelled due to break in power supply to railways.
Further, the SCR has cancelled nine other trains scheduled to depart on Sunday or Monday; partially cancelled four trains and diverted two trains. (INN)