HC seeks details on power to farmers

 
Hearing the contempt petition filed by G R Mohan, the city-based advocate  the Division Bench headed by Justice KL Manjunath directed the KPTCL to submit details related to the power supplied to the farmers since the order dated March 23, 2010.

When the State Government said that power is supplied to the farmers during the night, the Bench said that farmers should not be made to wait for power in the night and directed the State to file details on Friday.

Earlier during the day, the State filed an affidavit that following the Judgment dated March 23, the State had introduced Section 11 of the Electricity Act on April 3, 2010. Following this JSW Energy Limited, Toranagal, Bellary District sold 325 megawatt (MW) of power to the State Grid, while the co-generation units were contributing 200 MW of power.

Denying the allegations that they did not comply with orders, the State said that there was regular power supply in the State in urban as well as rural areas to help the students preparing for examinations.

The State also mentioned that the co-generation units were permitted to use coal following the shortage of bagasse, which contributed another 200 MW of power, while the biomass units contributed 95 MW of power at a cost of Rs 5 per unit.

The State submitted that nearly 22 hours of power was supplied to Bangalore City 20 hours to other cities in the State. The State power utilities have submitted that power has been supplied for 12 hours to rural areas  - single phase for three hours and three phase power forsix hours of three phase.

The  State has also mentioned that the technical snag in Raichur Thermal Power Station has reduced generation of about 500 MW of power per day.

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