Delay in power project implementation in Karnataka deepens crisis

The delay in execution of power generation and transmission projects in Karnataka has become a point of debate in the power sector as the crisis is deepening.

While the execution of important thermal power projects, which would take care of the base load, is getting delayed, utilities are finding it difficult to expedite even the transmission corridor projects. This has left the State in a situation where it can neither generate nor import additional power.

The delay in implementation of public sector projects is partly being attributed to the opposition from various quarters, including the public, due to various concerns and the delay in getting clearances from authorities.

A senior official of the power sector observed that there was a dire need to create public awareness on the importance of power projects being taken up in public sector, besides sensitising the deputy commissioners of districts about the need to give speedy clearances.

However, power expert and chairman of the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Energy Committee M.G. Prabhakar said there was a need to distinguish between “avoidable” and “inevitable” delays (those caused by genuine concerns). Observing that ultimately, it is the people’s will that would prevail in democracy, he felt that the government should try to convince stakeholders about the genuineness of the project in a transparent way.

He also suggested that the Energy Department and power utilities work as knowledge-based entities on the lines of ISRO with freedom to experiment. He mooted the idea of setting up a 10-member team of experts to scout for innovative ideas related to energy ranging from generation and transmission to conservation.

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