'State to get additional 1,500 mw of power'

Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje makes a point at a review meeting, at Cesc in Mysore on Saturday. Cesc MD Dr P Boregowda and others are seen. dh photo

To facilitate generation process, the Energy Department has announced a slew of programmes that includes opening of new stations, drawing new supply lines among several others.

Addressing media at Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (Cesc) Limited., here on Saturday, Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje announced that the grid will be richer by the power generated at Udupi, Bellary second unit and from other energy sources. That apart, 167 new stations, 19 in Mysore region alone, are planned besides drawing new lines in 35 places. The pending works on two stations will also be taken up.

Citing the importance of ‘Niranthara Jyothi’ ambitious programme of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, the minister said domestic and pumpset lines will be bifurcated under the same. Of 24 taluks identified for the programme, 10 would be completed by this year.
Earlier, the minister said that the state has been buying 1,300 mw of power daily, but still it’s not bereft of grievances.

She owed it to inadequate basic infrastructural facilities with existing stations and lines not matching with the demand.

For the past 30 years, no attempts had been made to streamline the facilities, despite of having sufficient power supply.

Replying to a query, the minister put transmission and distribution losses at 15.4 mw at Cesc. Earlier, she reviewed the progress of Cesc, sitting through an hour long meeting. Cesc Managing Director Dr P Boregowda, Chief Engineer Shanthi and others were present.

Merchants’ Bank

The Mysore Merchants Cooperative Bank Ltd., has invited applications from the children of its members, who have excelled in the recently held SSLC and Second PUC exams.  A release from the general manager of the bank stated that, 20 students who have secured 60 per cent and above in SSLC and second PUC will be selected and feted with ` 1,500 and ` 2,000 as incentives. For three students who have successfully participated in sports at district, state, international level, ` 2,000 will be given to each of them.
Interested may send their applications enclosed with two passport sized photos before May 31, the release added.

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