Bescom to go online for new connections

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company will soon accept applications for new electricity connections online.

Addressing members of the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FKCCI), Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje on Tuesday said, “By December 15, we want to introduce a facility where people can apply online for new electricity connections. This will ensure quick processing and transparency. They will also be able to track the status of their request.” Besides, a counter will be set up, manned by an engineer, exclusively to address complaints.

The minister said steps were being taken to ensure uninterrupted power supply during summer. Noting that the supply on the national corridor would improve, Shobha said the Centre had promised that Karnataka would be able to get electricity from the North, East and West grids.

“We have been told that Kudankulam nuclear plant will begin production by December and this will ensure availability of 205-220 MW. All the thermal units in the State, shut down for maintenance, will be ready for production,” she said.

Karandlaje said four companies had evinced interest in the Bidadi gas plant and technical bids would be opened soon. As the Gas Authority of India Limited will not be supplying gas, Karnataka will buy gas in the international market on a spot-purchase basis.

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