The villagers pays the price for the power enjoyed by the cities in Karnataka. Villages receiving power supply from the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company will receive a full power supply only for two hours during the day. According to the company, villages will not receive power supply for 12 hours daily.When power is available, there will be six hours of three-phase supply, which will enable them to operate irrigation pump sets, and six hours of single-phase supply during night, when they can use only domestic lighting and nonmotive power. The single-phase power supply will be during the night. Only two hours of the three-phase power supply will be available during the day. The remaining four hours will be at night, anywhere between midnight and the early hours.
But excessive load shedding continue to plague Bangalore and other cities in Karnataka in spite of Cabinet directions to ESCOMS to ensure there was no acute power interruption in urban areas. The load shedding for domestic consumers will be divided into two one-hour schedules, during the peak hours between 6am and 10am, and between 6pm and 10pm. There will be load shedding for industries and commercial consumers in Bangalore for two hours between 10am and 6pm. Urban areas under the power company’s jurisdiction outside of Bangalore will have four-hour power cuts daily.
The shortage is said to have intensified because Karnataka is not receiving its full quota of power from the central generating stations, especially the nuclear and coal-based plants. These power plants are said to have been underperforming due to a shortage of uranium and coal, leading to a reduction in the availability of power by about 400 MW.
Bangalore consumes the most power in Karnataka. However, it also generates the greatest revenues for the state. Other than these scheduled load shedding in the city, Bangaloreans also face unscheduled power cuts, which take them by surprise. Many residents have opted for inverters to fight power cuts. However, Bangaloreans living in good apartments which have generators rarely experience blackouts.