Irregular power: Cong workers lay siege to Bescom head office

The escom accused of meting out raw deal to Kolar dist

LOCATION SHIFT: People from Bangarpet staging a dharna in front of the office of Bangalore Eledricity Supply Company in Bangalore, demanding regular power supply, on Wednesday.  dh photo

The protesters criticised the Bescom’s step-motherly treatment towards Kolar in power supply.

Earlier, a protest rally in which many farmers and leaders from Bangarpet took part was taken out from Legislator's House to Bescom MD’s office. Raising slogans against the government, the protesters alleged of injustice being meted out to Kolar district.

MLA M Narayanaswamy who spoke on the occasion said that the lives of the farmers who were dependent on monsoon was devastated due to irregular power supply.

Accusing the ruling BJP government of being bias, he said that the government was cornering the constituencies of Congress legislators in supplying power. Due to the irregular supply of power farmers have not been able to supply water from pump sets to the fields and this has lead to the withering of standing crops leading to the loss of lakhs of rupees, Narayanaswamy added. Criticising the officials he said there was irregularity in taluk-wise power supply.

Lack of inforamation

The protesters  took to task Technical Assistant Nagesh who arrived at the spot, for not giving proper information on power supply in the (Kolar) district.

Bescom Managing Director Tushar Girinath who rushed to the spot explained power crisis in the State and assured the protesters to restore proper power supply to Kolar district in two days.

Girinath said that 3 phase power was being supplied for 7 hours and single phase for another 7 hours in a day. During the night there is 2 hours of load-shedding, he added.
In a memorandum submitted by the Narayanaswamy to the Bescom Managing Director, he has stated that Kolar district with 220 KV station required 150 MW of power where as the supply is limited to only 50 MW.

However Bangarpet taluk only required 25 mw of which only 6 to 8 mw was being supplied to meet the demand, the memorandum stated.

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