The prolonged agitation for a separate Telangana State in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has made life difficult for people in Karnataka as well. Passengers travelling by bus to Hyderabad have been inconvenienced with cancellation of State-run bus services with no indication of when services will be restored.

Industrial and domestic power consumers are bearing the brunt of a severe power shortage arising out of drastic reduction in the supply of coal from Andhra Pradesh to thermal power stations in Karnataka.

“Three units of the RTPS have been shut down while five units are generating barely 800 MW a day against an installed capacity of 1,740 MW,” an official of the RTPS told The Hindu.

The power supply situation has turned grim in the entire State with industries, domestic consumers as well as farmers facing unscheduled power cuts for long hours. The Dasara festivities in Mysore, which require a huge amount of power, and deficient rainfall in 11 districts has increased the demand for power, causing a shortfall of as much as 1,500 MW.

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