There seems to be some relief in store for people in the State who have been facing hardships due to unscheduled power cuts soon after the BBMP elections. The Karnataka Power Corporation Transmission Limited (KPTCL) is purchasing power from various sources in September and has repaired all thermal units to augment supply.
According to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) officials, the City is facing a shortage of 750- 800 MW.
The KPTCL and Bescom blamed failure of south west monsoon and severe drought for the shortage. Linganamakki, one of the biggest reservoirs, has only 44.7 per cent storage, Supa across the Sharavathi river has 42 per cent and Mani has 62 per cent. According to KPTCL officials, all the water cannot be used as they have to keep it for summer. Normally, Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) generates 1,200 MW, but for a week now, only one unit is generating 600 MW. The case with Ballari Thermal Power Station (BTPS) and Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS) is no different.
1,200 MW shortage
Speaking to Deccan Herald, KPTCL managing director Jawaid Akhtar said that there was a shortage of 1,000-1,200 MW in the State. Of this, 45 per cent is in Bengaluru.
“We agree that there is a mismatch between demand and supply. But we have come up with permanent solutions. We are buying 732 MW from sugar factories. There are 38 generators in the State. We signed an agreement with them two months ago. Power generation has gradually started and in the last two to three days, they are generating 200-300 MW. From September, 460-480 MW will be generated and supplied,” he said.
Jindal will supply 300 MW of thermal power. The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant will supply 200 MW from September-end, according to the agreement. UPCL has been taken over by Adani Power Limited and they have promised that both the units would function.
The third BTPS unit will start generating 700 MW soon. Maintenance of both ITPS (Ib thermal power station) units has been completed and they will start generating 800 MW each soon. One of the units of the Kudgi Thermal Power Plant will start generating 800 MW from April-May 2016. KPTCL is also planning treaties to buy power from other states, Akhtar said.