No respite from power cuts for 2 more months

No respite from power cuts for 2 more months

No respite from power cuts for 2 more months

The people of the State will have to cope with power cuts at least till mid-January.

Energy Minister D K Shivakumar, who on Wednesday held a meeting with elected representatives from the eight districts, (excluding  Bengaluru City) that come  under Bescom, later told the media that the department was hopeful of signing a short-term agreement, which would meet the peak-hour demands.  The State is facing a shortage of 1,800 MW,

He also said that he would impress upon the Union government at the All India Power  Minister’s conference to be held in Kerala on November 6, to sanction a corridor to Karnataka at the earliest. 

“We are optimistic that something will come through. But if all else fails, then we will have to start generating power from the water stored in all the reservoirs. We will be able to generate at least 2,000 MW from this. But this will be our last resort. We have not yet resorted to it, as we were planning to use up this water during summer months.” The government was keen that there was no power disruption during examination season.

Rural areas, which are the worst hit, will have to endure tougher times. Shivakumar convened the meeting to convince the MLAs, MLCs, MPs, and panchayat heads to opt for alternate days of power supply for the irrigation pump (IP) sets.

7-hr continuous supply

He said that the department had been successful in convincing elected representatives in the districts that come under the jurisdiction of Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation, Ltd, Mysuru, to opt for alternate days of supply. According to him, farmers will get seven hours of continuous supply every alternate day. As there were divergent views during the meeting on Wednesday, he said a decision will be arrived at shortly. However, according to sources, a majority of the MLAs were not agreeable to this proposal.

Shivakumar also said that a decision was taken to float tenders inviting bidders to set up solar parks (10 MW to 20 MW), in about 30 to 50 taluks. The parks will be set up next to power stations, which will curb transmission losses, he added.

D K SHIVAKUMAR, ENERGY MINISTER: We are optimistic that something will come through. But if all else fails, then we will have to start generating power from the water stored in all the reservoirs. We will be able to generate at least 2,000 MW from this. But this will be our last resort.

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