The power situation in the state will be normalised by Thursday said KPCL officials on Wednesday. They said the non-functioning 500 mega watt unit of the Bellary Thermal Power Station would start generation by Wednesday night.
Last week, the state was facing a shortage of 1,200 MW as three major thermal power generation units were forced to stop generation due to outages. While one 210 MW unit at the Raichur Thermal Power Station was under annual maintenance, another unit shut down due to boiler leakage. This coupled with the shutting down of one unit of BTPS and one 600 MW unit of Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) resulted in the shortage.
“The engineers are working on the unit. It will be repaired by tonight and will begin generation,” a senior official of the KPCL said. However, on Wednesday evening, one unit of UPCL continued to remain shut and did not generate power.
While the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) continued to maintain that there was no load shedding in the city. Power cuts ranging between 1 to 2 hours were reported from Konankunte, Kanakpura, Basavangudi, Indiranagar, Hebbal and other areas.
“There was a two-hour power outage in the area on Tuesday night. Power was restored at around 9 pm. On Wednesday morning, there was a power cut for 1 hour between 8:30 to 9:30. This has been going on for a few days now,” said Sukanya P, who lives in an apartment block on Kanakpura Road.
On Wednesday, according to KPTCL, RTPS generated 1,026 MW with 7 units out of 8 while UPCL generated 537 MW with one unit. The generation at BTPS was 474 MW with one unit.