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Karnataka- Nine-hour load-shedding in rural areas

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Minister for Energy Shobha KarandlajeThe Karnataka Government on 10-10-2011 formally announced load-shedding all over the State, excluding Bangalore, to overcome the shortfall in power availability, largely due to the Telangana agitation in Andhra Pradesh which has curtailed coal supplies to the thermal power stations here. After holding consultations with top-ranking officials of the power sector, including all the five Escoms in Bangalore, Minister for Energy Shobha Karandlaje announced that barring Bangalore, all the urban areas in the State will face a load-shedding of one hour during the evening peak duration of 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

As per the schedule, load-shedding will be severe in villages as power supply will be shut for about nine hours a day. The villages will receive three-phase supply for only three hours a day in addition to the single-phase power supply from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The three-phase supply in villages has been reduced from the earlier six hours a day to cater to the demand in Bangalore city and other urban areas during peak hours.

Though the Minister said that load-shedding would be enforced from Tuesday, all the areas in the State are already reeling under power cuts. When her attention was drawn to some of the areas in Bangalore facing power interruptions despite her claims of sparing the State capital from the brunt of load-shedding, she attributed the interruptions to "some technical and line problems."

Ms. Karandlaje said she would also hold a meeting of representatives of co-generation units on Tuesday in Bangalore to explore the possibility of buying additional power from them to tide over the power shortage. The State grid is already getting about 250 MW from co-generation units, and efforts are on to purchase another 200 MW from them.

The Minister also said that she would interact with representatives from industrial associations, in Bangalore to examine the possibility of demand-side management, including going for staggered holiday system to uniformly distribute the power load throughout the week instead of all the industries closing on Sundays.

She demanded that the Centre should provide coal to Raichur Thermal Power Station through mines in Mahanadi and Nagpur, besides providing a safe and alternative rail route for coal transportation instead of passing through the trouble-hit Andhra Pradesh. She also demanded early completion of works on linking the southern region, especially Karnataka, with the northern power grid for easy import of power from the surplus regions.

Expressing concern that supply of 350 MW of Karnataka's share from the central generating unit in Ramagundam had been stopped due to the Telangana agitation, she demanded that the Centre provide this share to Karnataka from its other generating stations.

Source- Hindu


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