"Various Electricity Supply Companies (ESCOMS) have approached Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) for increase in power rate by 1.48 per unit," said Power Minister D K Shivakumar. He was addressing the Legislative Council on the second day of the session. JD(S) MLC N Appajigowda had earlier raised question on power hike proposal.
The state needs around 200 to 208 million units of power of which Bengaluru alone requires 45 to 52 million units every day.
The minister said: "KERC will fix the price after holding public consultation meetings at different places across the state with stakeholders. The new price will come into effect from April 1, 2017."
KERC Chairman M K Shankarlinge Gowda said from February 20, Commission will conduct public hearing at their office in Bengaluru. "From February 20 to March 6, public hearings will be held and common public, industrialists and others will be invited for the same. We will come up with a price before March- end. The new rate will be applicable from April 1, 2017," he told Express.
"There is a demand for 9,500 Megawatt from public, farmers and industries, but we are geared up to supply 10,500 MW as we have tied up with private and other government agencies for power purchase," he said.
"We are even ready to give 24 hours supply to industries if required. There will be no usual power cuts this summer," he claimed.
"This time, with severe drought, dams across Karnataka are not filled. ESCOM is also largely depending on purchase of power from outside. Our priority is to supply power to consumers for reasonable price," he said. Minister further said in 2012- 13, 73 paise hike was proposed but the KERC approved only 13 paise hike. Similarly, KERC approved 23 paise, 32 paise, 13 paise and 48 paise hike as against the request for 70 paise, 66 paise, 80 paise and Rs 1.02 respectively between 2013-14 and 2016-17.
State has purchased 450 MW power from Damodhar Valley Corporation, 300 MW from Maharashtra and 900 MW from PTC India Limited (Andhra Pradesh) and JSW Energy limited.
Source - Indian Express