BANGALORE: The state government will continue to purchase around 1,000MW of power everyday to meet the electricity demand in the coming summer. The state Cabinet which met here on Friday gave its approval to continue with the power purchase as suggested by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission during 2010.
After taking into consideration the big gap between generation and demand, the KERC had estimated that the state might require to purchase 5,000 million units of power per year from 2010-13 to meet the demand and had given permission to the government to do so.
Accordingly, the state government has been purchasing around 1,000 MW of power from 2010. According to Minister for Higher Education V S Acharya, who briefed Media on the Cabinet decisions, the government had spent Rs 3,848 crore during 2010-11 and 2011-12 (upto December 2011) to purchase power.