Special Correspondent

24-hour power supply to non-agricultural consumers planned

Scheme will be implemented within 18 months of commencement

It has been taken up on a pilot basis in Malur taluk

BANGALORE: The State budget to be presented by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in February will make an allocation of Rs. 2,200 crore for extending the Nirantara Jyothi scheme — which envisages 24-hour power supply to non-agricultural consumers in rural areas — to all the villages of the State.


Disclosing this to presspersons on the sidelines of a programme to launch an international exhibition and seminar on power and electrical, lighting and renewable energy and electrical service providers in Bangalore on Friday, Energy Minister K.S. Eshwarappa said the scheme would be implemented within 18 months of commencement. At present such a scheme, which is modelled on Gujarat’s experiment, has been taken up on a pilot basis in Malur taluk.

Under this, separate power network would be provided for irrigation pumpsets which operate on three-phase power. This would ensure that power supply to non-agricultural consumers is not affected whenever there is intermission in the supply to IP sets.

Bifurcating supply

Mr. Eshwarappa said the system of bifurcating the supply networks of IP sets from non-agricultural consumers would reduce energy losses from 32 per cent to about 17 per cent resulting in saving of energy. This will help take care of most part of the additional requirement of power for catering to 24-hour supply to villages.

He said it might cost about Rs. 10 crore to implement Nirantara Jyothi scheme in each of the taluk. Restrictions would be imposed to prevent the contractors from taking up more than four taluks under this scheme. Mr. Eshwarappa said the government was examining a proposal to replace all the high-capacity transformers in rural areas with those with minimum capacity of 25 KVA.

This was being considered to reduce the number of installations fed by each of the transformers to improve quality of supply. Exact details regarding the number of transformers required as well as the financial implication was yet to be worked out, he said.

Mr. Eshwarappa said after the Lok Sabha polls, he would try to convince the environmentalists to drop their opposition to the proposed 4,000 MW ultra mega power project to be implemented at Tadari in Uttara Kannada district.