South B'luru to get relief from power cuts soon

Published: 23rd September 2016 04:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd September 2016 04:14 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: With BESCOM almost completing its maintenance works, parts of South Bengaluru that have been experiencing intermittent power cuts are likely to get relief soon.

HSR Layout, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, parts of Vijayanagar and all stages of Banashankari have been experiencing power cuts ranging from half an hour to one hour every day.

BESCOM officials said a 100 kVA transformer at Hoodi is being replaced and works will be completed in a month’s time. Works on establishing a new line from BTM Layout to Khoday’s Factory on Kanakapura Road will stabilise the power supply in these areas.

At present, there is no shortage of power supply.

Meanwhile, major reservoirs like Sharavathi, Linganamakki, Supa and Varahi are not being utilised for power production as demand is low. The water is being stored for future use.

Additional Chief Secretary (Energy) P Ravikumar said, “Last year, the deficit was 60 per cent, while it is 40 per cent this year. But since we have also had new generation like the third unit of Ballari Thermal Power Station (700 MW), we have not faced any issues till now.”

To be on the safer side, the department is contemplating short term power purchase from Maharashtra for 200 MW at `3.87 per unit and also for 1,000 MW for a mid term power purchase at `4.87 per unit from local sources.

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