Minister for Energy Shobha Karandlaje has said that the State is facing power shortage of 2,000 MW a day as the demand had increased by 24 per cent.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the 66/11 kV power station at Ichaghatta village in Holalkere taluk here on Friday, she said the State required 10,500 MW of power every day. However, the State was able to produce only 8,500 MW a day, she said. Ms. Karandlaje said though power production had come down owing to scanty rainfall in the State, the State government was providing six hours of three-phase power to rural areas and an additional single-phase power in the evening to help students.
“The State government has taken steps to ensure that sufficient power was produced to meet the increasing demand. Four years ago, the State used to produce only 5,500 MW. But in the last four years, projects have been launched to produce an additional 4,650 MW,” she said.
There would be sufficient power production in the State if all projects launched in the last four years become functional, Ms. Karandlaje added.
M. Chandrappa, MLA, said the new power station would ensure sufficient supply of power to surrounding villages, including Ichaghatta, Malladihalli, Nulenur, Amruthapur, Bettadnagenhalli and Banjagondanhalli.
Bharati Kallesh, zilla panchayat member; Pratap Kumar, Technical Director, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd.; Nanjayya, Chief Engineer, Bescom; and Maharudrayya, gram panchayat president, were present.