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Power restrictions loom large over Kerala

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Power crisisDitched by monsoon, the power-starved Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is exploring all possible ways - including power restrictions - to resolve the power crisis. The board is heavily depending on power from central pool and power traders as the water level in all major reservoirs has hit the rock bottom and for the first time power generation from hydel stations has stooped to mere 10 mu (million units) a day. Earlier the board was generating 20 mu to 23 mu from hydel stations.

Meanwhile, Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) is likely to announce the increased power tariff structure for consumers across the board next week.

"We are finalizing the tariff revisions and the announcement will come before the end of this month," said commission chairman K J Mathew. If monsoon fails, consumers will have to face both power restrictions and tariff hike simultaneously.

"State government is well aware of the power crisis. But it is not willing to resort to power restrictions while the assembly is in session. If monsoon continues to evade the state, the government will have no other options but to accept the board's recommendation and introduce power restrictions," top board officials told TOI.

According to sources, the top brass in the board have already updated the state government about the grim situation and recommended power restrictions to avoid a breakdown of power distribution. KSEB's full board meeting on Thursday is scheduled to review the power situation and chart out an alternative action plan, which invariably would include power restrictions.

Meanwhile, the government's failure to appoint a full time chairman for the board is also affecting the crisis management plan of KSEB. Following the retirement of former chairman T M Manoharan, transport department principal secretary Elias George was given additional charge as chairman. Since the official holding the additional charge went to Florida to study the functioning of 'monorail', the board was unable to hold a full board meeting at the height of the crisis.

Due to the congestion in the power corridor, the board would not be able to bring more power from outside the state. At present, reservoirs under the board have water to produce only 300 mu power. The board imports 38 mu of power from outside the state.

Source- TOI


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