Despite assurance, acute power cuts loom over city

However, the power supply in April has reduced to 9,900 MW. It was 9,133 MW as of April 21. The consumption as on April 22 was 197.37 million units. Representational Image

Despite the state government's assurance to provide power supply throughout the summer without any disruption, many areas in the city are still facing unscheduled power outages over the past few days. 

Areas such as HSR Layout, Indiranagar, Banashankari, Malleswaram, Koramangala, Domlur, Vijaya Bank Layout, Victoria Layout and Jayanagar are facing power cuts regularly. The power cuts are more severe on the city outskirts. 

"Power cuts have become a pain these days. It was especially difficult last week on Wednesday, when we did not have electricity from morning until afternoon. It was difficult to manage our work," said Geeta, a resident of Chikka Lakshmaiah Layout.  

Bescom lineman from Banashankari, Manju, said, "There are problems with the transformers and this leads to power cuts. However, the department is working on it and it will be resolved soon." 

A senior official from Bescom, who did not wish to be named, said that the power cuts are occurring not because of the shortage of power supply, but because of the distribution constraints in some localities.

Technical issues 

Apart from this, technical reasons such as faulty cables, which is common in Indiranagar and South Bengaluru, along with the sporadic weather conditions lead to increased power cuts in the city.

"We have enough supply of electricity and load shedding is not occurring across the city, but only in certain areas. This is because of the difficulty in distribution in certain areas. However, this is a temporary problem and it will be resolved soon," the official said.

According to the official, the peak power demand has been 10,777 MW in March, and Bescom supplied 246 million units, marking a record of the highest consumption so far this year. 

However, the power supply in April has reduced to 9,900 MW. It was 9,133 MW as of April 21. The consumption as on April 22 was 197.37 million units.

The officer also said that this drop in demand between March and April could be because of the non-functioning of irrigation pumps due to rain across the state.

Disruption  

The recent gusty winds and rain has resulted in the disruption of power supply in several localities. The affected areas are RBI Layout, South City, Anjanapura, Jigani, Golahalliu and Bannerghatta, stated a release from Bescom.

According to Bescom officials, the engineers and linemen have been able to restore only partial supply.

Power situation 

* Peak demand recorded in March: 10,777 MW (across the state)

* In April: 9,900 MW (as on April 22)

 

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