KARNATAKA

Unscheduled load shedding in several districts from today

BANGALORE, JAN. 19. There will be unscheduled load shedding between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday in Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Tumkur, Kolar, Chitradurga, Shimoga, Mandya and Davangere districts because of work being taken up by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.

According to Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited, Power Grid Corporation is building a ``tap line'' to the new 400 kV Hiriyur Receiving Station.

To give the company a ``line clear'' for its work, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation is stopping power supply through two Davangere-Bangalore 400 kV lines.

Hence, the southern parts of the State will not get sufficient power supply, with the shortfall being 200 MW to 500 MW.

The Chief Engineer, Load Despatch Centre, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited, Vijayanarasimha, told The Hindu that Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation would not be able to supply even from the Raichur Thermal Power Station to these areas, as there were no power lines.

"Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation will ask Kerala and Tamil Nadu to help us re-route power from their grids," he said.

Asked if the work taken up by Power Grid Corporation would be completed by Saturday, he said Power Grid Corporation initially asked for 10 days to carry out the work.

"Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited asked Power Grid Corporation to use an emergency restoration system for its work" and this had cut the time required, he said.

But Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation might have to impose some more load shedding a fortnight after the work was over, Mr. Vijayanarasimha said.

To a question whether the load shedding would affect the extra supply of power to farmers, he said that this was "an emergency situation."

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