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3,000 Power Plaints in a Day; No Relief in Sight

The power supply situation in the state reached a crisis with three units of Raichur Thermal Power Station, one unit of Bellary Thermal Power Station and one unit of Udupi not generating any power.

Published: 04th May 2014 08:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th May 2014 08:47 AM   |  A+A-

POWER

The power supply situation in the state reached a crisis on Saturday with three units of Raichur Thermal Power Station, one unit of Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS) and one unit of Udupi Power Corporation Limited not generating any power.

The ongoing issue with Unit 1 of Kaiga Atomic Power Station only made the situation worse.

While the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) has been upgrading its infrastructure ahead of the monsoon, there were reports of widespread power cuts across the city.

Over 2,998 complaints were lodged with BESCOM till 9 pm on Saturday. There were 1,159 complaints from south circle, 1,213 from east circle, 344 from north circle and 282 from west circle. However, around 802 cases were still pending (including pending cases from the previous day).

Energy Department officials repeatedly denied that there is load shedding in the state, a claim rubbished by consumers and industrialists.

With the simultaneous failure of five major units totaling around 1800 MW set to be fixed only next week, the next few days might see more power cuts.

Even as Unit 2 of BTPS was revived on Friday after a fire in the gas turbine, Unit 1 of 500 MW capacity is only expected to be operational by Tuesday.

Units 1,5 and 6 of the ailing Raichur Thermal Power Station will be fixed on Monday, according to officials.

The 220 MW Unit 4 of Kaiga Atomic Power Station is still unoperational.

RTPS and UPCL have been facing problems for some time now.

While the Raichur TPS has been plagued by outdated infrastructure, UPCL has been facing problems with coal linkage and other technical issues.



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