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B.S. Yeddyurappa
B.S. Yeddyurappa

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B.S. Yeddyurappa writes to the Prime Minister

State’s share from Central generating stations is 1,534 MW

State has spent

Rs. 1,400 crore on purchasing power

Bangalore: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately allocate an additional 200 MW of power to the State which is currently reeling under severe power shortage.

In a letter to the Prime Minister here on Saturday, the Chief Minister said, “Karnataka State is facing a severe power shortage. My government is doing its best to ensure that the glaring demand-supply gap is bridged and all-out efforts are made to ensure regularity in the distribution of power. Considering the power shortage in the State, your urgent intervention is necessary for allocating an additional power of 200 MW from the unallocated quota of the Central generating stations. This will help us in mitigating the present situation in the State”.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said the State’s power share from the Central generating stations in the southern region was only 20.21 per cent amounting to 1,534 MW.

Power consumption during the summer had touched 135 million units a day and owing to lack of sufficient rainfall in the catchment areas of the major hydel reservoirs, there was a 30 per cent reduction in generation this year compared to the previous year.

He said that the State was meeting the growing demand by utilising internal generation, purchase from outside sources at a high cost apart from the share from the Central units. The State had spent Rs. 1,400 crore on purchasing power since November.

Arrangements

The sources in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat told The Hindu that owing to the precarious situation and the growing demand for power, Karnataka had entered into power supply arrangements with the governments of Chhattisgarh (200 MW) and Gujarat (100 MW).

While the supply from Chhattisgarh had commenced, there was delay in the supply of power from Gujarat. However, that government had assured that supply would commence shortly, sources said.

A sum of Rs. 500 crore would be required to buy power from other States and private producers in March and there would be a similar expenditure next month. The south-west monsoon sets in south-interior and coastal Karnataka (where the hydel plants are located) only by May-end, the sources added.

The sources said that however, the Government has also been taking steps to bridge the gap between demand and supply and there was no dearth of money to buy power.

The sources said that Jindal Power Ltd., which is supplying 200 MW from its second captive generation unit in Bellary, would supply another 100 MW from its third unit soon. All sugar factories equipped with cogeneration units had also been directed to make available the electricity produced to the State grid.

The State Government had assured uninterrupted power supply to urban areas during the next few weeks.

However, unscheduled load shedding has been introduced in most parts of the State, including Bangalore and supply of electricity to irrigation pumpsets has been restricted to a few hours at night.

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