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The situation is being reviewed on a day-to-day basis

State’s share from Central generating stations has been reduced

GESCOM decides to introduce stiff loadshedding schedule

GULBARGA: Contrary to the projections made by the State Government about the reported improvement in the power situation and claims of withdrawing the loadshedding schedule, the Karnataka Power Transmission Company LTD (KPTCL) has said that the power situation in the State continues to be grim.

The situation is being reviewed on a day-to-day basis by the KPTCL.

Depending on the availability of power in the State, the electricity supply companies are allotted the power on a daily basis.

According to the schedule, the total available of power for July 31, according to KPTCL, was 91.098 million units and this has been distributed to the five electricity supply companies as per the demand.

The KPTCL in its allotment letter issued on Thursday said that for July 31, 3,600 MW to 3,750 MW of power was available owing to low water levels in the major hydel power stations at Linganamakki, Supa, Varahi, Kadra, Kodasalli and STRP and if the present situation continued, the generation of power at these hydel power stations may have to be stopped in a fortnight.

Power generation

Added to this, the KPTCL said in its communication to all the electricity supply companies that the generation at the Raichur Thermal Power Station has been reduced owing to maintenance of the 6th Unit and shutting down of the first unit.

Apart from this, the generation of the power in the running units in Raichur Thermal Power Station had also considerably reduced.

The communication said that the share of the State from central generating stations has also been reduced owing to unit maintenance works at Talcher, Kaiga and NLC and the frequency has to be maintained above 49 Hz as per IEGC norms and CERC directions.

While the BESCOM has been allocated 44.351 million units a day for July 31, MESCOM has been allocated 7.641 million units, HESCOM 17.081 million units, GESCOM 13.485 million units and CESCO 8.54 million units.

Subsequent to the bleak power situation, particularly in the peak hours, the GESCOM has decided to introduce stiff loadshedding schedule to both the urban and rural areas with immediate effect.

The officials in the GESCOM said that as against the total power requirement of 355 MW during peak hours and 244 MW during the off-peak hours, the total power availability was only 194 MW at present.

Timings

To match the supply and demand position, the GESCOM has decided to introduce one-hour loadshedding during the peak hours between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and another one-hour loadshedding between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in towns and cities of Gulbarga district.

The loadshedding schedule announced for the rural areas is much more stiffer.

For nine hours from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. total power shutdown would be there in the rural areas, and an eight-hour power shutdown for three-phase supply from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., a seven-hour loadshedding of single phase power supply from 5.00 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.

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