Hyderabad cricket stadium faces power cut a day ahead of IPL match

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Hyderabad: The electricity supply to Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) was cut by The Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) on Thursday, April 4. The Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) disconnected the electricity supply due to unpaid bills.

An official from HCA confirmed, “The power was cut off at around 8 pm.” This development came just before the scheduled match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held on Friday.

The issue traces back to a notice sent by TSSPDCL on February 20, demanding Rs 1.63 crore in unpaid surcharges. The notice warned of disconnection if the dues weren’t cleared within 15 days.

The root of the problem dated back to 2022 when TSSPDCL raised concerns about an outstanding bill of around Rs 3.05 crore, including a surcharge of Rs 1.63 crore, stemming from an energy theft case. In response, HCA filed a petition in the Telangana High Court.

In March 2022, Justice A Abhishek Reddy ordered TSSPDCL to restore power upon payment of 50 percent of the due amount (Rs 1.41 crore). HCA complied, paying the principal amount in three instalments by May 2022. However, they requested the waiver of the surcharge due to the lack of cricketing activities amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

TSSPDCL, citing regulations, refused to waive the surcharge, leading to the recent power cut. HCA officials are now scrambling to find alternative power sources for the upcoming match.

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