Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday adjourned to next week a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking continuous and regular supply of power to residents of Bangalore.

The petitioner, G.R. Mohan, an advocate from Bangalore, had contended that the State and Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) had failed to ensure regular and sufficient supply of power.

He said mismanagement, transmission and distribution losses, power thefts were leading to irregular power supply. Examinations were fast approaching and students had to face hardship because of irregular power supply.

He said if the State and electricity authorities took adequate measures to prevent power thefts and improved the transmission and distribution system, power shortage would be a thing of the past.

Moreover, the State was not keen on invoking Section 11 of the Electricity Act dealing with transmission of power to other States.

A Division Bench comprising Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice B.S. Patil adjourned further hearing of the case.

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The same Bench adjourned to next week a public interest litigation (PIL) by former Mayor P.R. Ramesh challenging the decision of the State Government and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to call for tenders relating to several developmental works of Bangalore.

The petitioner said the State Government and the BBMP had tried to finalise the tenders with an eye on the election to the BBMP which was slated to be held shortly. He said the BBMP Commissioner and officials did not have the jurisdiction and power to call for tenders in the absence of an elected body.

The Bench adjourned hearing of the case.