Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Karnataka 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.