BANGALORE: The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) is undertaking works on a war footing to ensure they are well prepared to meet the needs in summer. At the starting of the year, Rs 70 crore had been earmarked for an action plan which includes shifting transformers and underground cables.
Initial glitches in the plan however led to only 50 per cent of the amount being spent due to what officials have attributed as ‘procedural restrictions’.
The BESCOM has now lifted this restriction imposed by its Finance department and works have resumed in earnest to meet the needs. BESCOM has also prepared an action plan to educate the consumers on regulating the power consumption.
Since BESCOM meters do not have regulating mechanisms, there is no available option to stop the extra consumption of power, unless voluntary measures are taken by them.
Officials from BESCOM said that this information will be disseminated via advertisements and other public notices.
BESCOM is currently seeing over consumption of upto 15 per cent which can be reduced if people cut back the usage to what it was 3-4 years ago. The electricity board plans to give out this message to the consumers in the city.
Another campaign that will help consumers in Bangalore avoid power tariff hikes will be focused on convincing consumers in the city to keep their consumption below 1500 MW a day and 1800 MW during summer.
BESCOM will be employing the services of communication experts in order to spread word of this campaign, according to the officials.