Power crisis expected to ease

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Easing tension: Students can look forward to a better study routine as the Government is purchasing power to meet the demand.
Easing tension: Students can look forward to a better study routine as the Government is purchasing power to meet the demand.

S. Rajendran

Bangalore: The power crisis in the State is expected to ease from Monday with the supply of 800 MW from various sources. While 400 MW has been added to the grid about a week ago, another 400 is scheduled to be added on Monday.

Sources in the State Government told The Hindu that with considerable augmentation in energy availability, it would be ensured that there was 22 hours of power supply a day in Bangalore and 21 hours in other urban areas of the Sate.

In rural areas, the supply would be restricted to six hours of single-phase power and six hours of three-phase power a day. The authorities have also been directed to publicise a load-shedding schedule for all areas which will enable people to know the timings of the power shutdown. Directions have been issued to ensure that load-shedding is not enforced during the morning and evening when children have to study for examinations.

However, it has also been stated that “this may not be the end of the power crisis given the extraordinary surge in demand for electricity. The demand for power has increased by 11 per cent this season (so far) compared to the corresponding period last year,” the sources said.

The State Government has entered into an understanding with two major private power suppliers — Jindal Power Company and the Tatas, apart from the Energy Exchange and the Government of Chhattisgarh. The Government has earmarked Rs. 800 crore for power purchase to tide over the crisis during the lean months. It has also been mentioned that the arrangement from March 1 will be ad hoc, while a permanent arrangement for power supply in March and April is under finalisation.

Following the receipt of 800 MW, the electricity availability will be around 142 million units per day. The demand over the weekend was 138.5 million units.

It is stated that the electricity availability at present is adequate and the demand is unlikely to increase in a big way as summer has already set in and the demand has peaked.

While Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has confirmed the purchase of 800 MW of power, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar has said that there will be no power shutdown between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. from Monday.

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