The rate at which transformers have been failing during the summer months has alerted the government to this problem. A separate bank of transformers will be created and the number of repair centres increased from 70 to 100.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in a reply to Rajeev P. of BSR Congress during Question Hour in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday said the peak hour load was a major reason for transformers getting burnt.

N. Cheluvarayaswamy (JD-S), Basavaraj Bommai (BJP) and B.R. Yavagal (Congress) and several other members demanded early replacement of burnt transformers to avoid disruptions in the supply of power to farmers and to ensure regular drinking water. According to the law, the electricity supply companies have to repair the defunct transformers in a few hours. But, there has been a minimum 20 to 30-day delay in the replacement of transformers in Belguam, Mandya and Dharwad districts, Mr. Rajeev and other members alleged. To this, the Chief Minister said there were 1.4 lakh illegal irrigation pump sets in the State.

CID probe

Minister for Urban Development Vinay Kumar Sorake has ordered a CID probe into alleged misappropriation of Rs. 5 crore by the Mandya Urban Development Authority (MUDA).

In a reply to Mr. Cheluvarayaswamy, Mr. Sorake said the department was aware of the issue and said the MUDA funds were deposited in a bank. Mr. Cheluvarayaswamy alleged that the MUDA funds were deposited in the accounts of two Congress workers in Mandya.

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