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Bangalore: Brace up for Power Tariff Hike, Power Cuts, Load Shedding


Bangalore: Brace up for Power Tariff Hike, Power Cuts, Load Shedding

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Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, Sep 26: Even as the Energy Supply Companies in the State are eagerly awaiting the Karnataka Power Regulatory Commission’s orders on their demand for enhancement of power tariff hike in the State, Karnataka’s Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje has indicated that the people will have to live with frequent disruptions in power supply and even power cuts in both the urban and rural areas.

Talking to reporters in Bangalore on Monday, the Minister said load shedding in the rural and urban areas would be inevitable on account of the disruptions in the supply of coal to thermal plants in Raichur and Bellary due to the ongoing agitation on the Telangana issue in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

Reduced power supply to the State from the Central grid was another reason for the precarious power supply position and the consequent disruptions in the distribution, she said.

Answering questions, she said a decision on hiking power tariff would be taken only after the KERC issues its orders. The matter will have to be discussed in the State Cabinet, she said.

With the shortfall of 1500 MW per day in power generation and availability, the State Government will be left with no alternative but to announce the timings of load-shedding both rural and urban areas in the near future, the Minister said.

The continued pro-Telengana stir in Andhra Pradesh has badly affected the movement of coal to the State power plants from Singareni and Nagpur.

Blockade of movement of rail wagons by pro-Telengana supporters caused shortage of supply of coal to power generation at power plants in Raichur and Bellary.

Karandlaje said load-shedding in rural and urban areas of the State has become inevitable until Telangana issue was solved. Movement of coal in rail wagons from Singareni and Nagpur has been disrupted following agitation in Telangana.

Shortage in the supply of coal has reduced power generation in Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS) units.

“We have a stock of 1.80 lakh tonnes of coal and it is sufficient to generate power for 12 days for five units,” she said explaining that the eight units of RTPS required 15,000 tonnes each of coal per day.

She said power supply from the central power grid at Ramagundam in Andhra Pradesh too affected the power supply in the State.

Instead of 1500 MW, the State used to get 1200 MW and now the quantum has come down to barely 900 MW, she said.

Tenders would be invited soon to purchase 500 MW, she said adding that tenders have already been called to buy 300 MW per day to supply power during peak hours (7 am to 10 am and 7 pm to 10 pm) in October and November.

On the future plans, Karandlaje said a second unit of Bellary power plant (500 MW) would become operational in February 2012.


Ration Cards to APL, BPL Families after Dasara

Karandlaje, who is also in charge of Food and Civil Supplies, said the State Government will issue ration cards for above poverty and below poverty line after Dasara festival.

The Department has suspended issuing of fresh ration cards to APL and BPL families for the last six months.

The Minister said the department has received 10 lakh applications seeking APL and BPL ration cards.

The department has conducted an excise to identify ineligible ration cards in rural and urban areas of the State and has so far detected over 18 lakh fake ration cards in urban areas, she said.

To prevent misuse of subsidy meant for the poor, the department decided to detect bogus ration cards. Arrangement would also be made to submit online applications, she said

The Minister said 32.32 lakh illegal domestic LPG gas connections have been detected. After a thorough inquiry, LPG distributors and oil companies had been asked to suspend supplies of LPG cylinders to consumers, who had taken connections through illegal means.


Comment on this article

  • Ranganatha M.V, BANGALORE

    Fri, Oct 7 2011

    plz announce sheduled load shedding all over the state instead of buying power at huge cost. use the same money for new projects,announce subsidy for solar lighting, encourage LED lightingsystem and CFL lighting.
    appoint efficient lawyers to vacate the stays in court for various powerprojects. DO NOT
    PURCHASE POWER AT EXORBITANT PRICES, WHAT YOU ARE SPENDING DAILY 10-12 CRORES YOU MAY USE IT
    FOR STOCKING COAL FOR EXISTING AND
    RUNNING THERMAL POWER PLANTS SO THAT THESE PLANTS ATLEAST RUN CONTINUOUSLY WITHOUT COAL SHORTAGE.

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  • Babu, mangalore

    Tue, Sep 27 2011

    These problems are common in india.every Poly- tician is corrupt. Common man cant lead a decent and peaceful life. only unrest like Egypt, Lybia, Tunaisa, Syria..... can get these politician to road

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  • CGD, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 27 2011

    where is Nagesh Nayak now???
    deep sleep i guess. Or writting preface for yeddys book.

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  • Jawar D'Souza, m'lore/Doha

    Tue, Sep 27 2011

    Why cant we find a way to run the generator's with solar power, I think if research is done we might be able to achieve it. More over we must find a way to use the weight of the vehicles to run the generator as we have got hundred's of heavy vehicles plying on the road we could find a way to use the weight. Nothing is impossible only a little brain should be used. But dont try to shut a revolving door it's impossible to shut it.

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  • Rajesh, mangalore

    Tue, Sep 27 2011

    according to bharathiya brrastachar party supporters the shortcomings in electricity is due to the Italians neglect of not supplying coal.. when this lady took over she said we will supply power 24x7 and the real psuedo king was on top of mount everest and said Shrimathi ji thank u this is my govt doing aaam admi work.. shame on these politicos whichever party they belong to .. power is cut once in every 5 mins imterval shame...

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  • ganesh, mangaladevi, Magalore

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    Main reason is above job. must have little knowledge of Elect. and water.
    see some common people are producing elect. in their own field. govt. have make elect. minister for that common person.
    then only we can bring changes, we can bring 24 hours elect. and water. " main reason is lack of knowledge.

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  • Dave, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    The REALITY BITES!
    I had adviced her not to make Tall Promisses which no politicians' have succeeded in the Past to Keep- when she took over as Power(less) Minister.
    Now the Prophesy has come to fruition.
    As said by One commentator- Those people who cannot produce Ration Cards as they cannot even walk are cancelled & have no LPG connection terming it as illegal Now.
    Our new CM had announced- there is no connection between LPG connection or Ration Cards- then why Minister U term it as Illegal Connections for not producing the same as proof of legal existence on the face of Earth?
    Are our Leaders Listening To COMMON MAN('s plight)?

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  • Handady dj, Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    Total Population in karnatka is aproximate about 5-6 crores.(aproximate 1 crore family) 1 rs if Shobha Karandlaje demands by the power company for hiking the power tariff she will earn 1 crore /month
    THIS IS CALLED "MINISTER HAS TALENT TO BEG BEING IN THE PARLIMENT". Have Any govt (central or state)announced anytime that they are decreasing any of the rate so far? NO!!!. Actually we elect the beggars to be in the parliament. For genuine beggars we give for our own satisfaction. Beggars in the parliament steel people by these means like hiking.

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  • richard, abu dhabi/ urva

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    Shobaji do u know wat u r talking. Pro telangana strike is supported by ur own party.U didn,t c da pic how BJP stalwards are eating on streets. Please Send ur Lokesh Mama there too.

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  • lukas, malpe

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    Why these politician only behind poor people, when there is so many illegal land and fraud co. with these politician why these BJP Goverment behind only fake Ration card.I request Shoba find who got site in bangalore by producing fake document.

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  • FERNNADES FRANCIS , MANGALORE

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    Its bluff one after the other.. Ration card & LPG issue is being dragging for more than a year. How can you govern like this.. Shame on your Governemnt on ministry,,,This shows the ineffeciency and lack of will to tackle real problems...For the last 3 years we are listening about power generation & 24 hours unniterrupeted power supply..Now the story is different. BJP LOST ALL CREDIBILITY . Only achievement of BJP is land grabbing & Mining corruption.

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  • capt.cornelio, udupi

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    I agree our corrupt govt doing excellent job detecting fake ration cards fake gas conenctions and keeping their eyes shut when reddys looted the state in crores ( you can add the zeros)my ration card 35 yrs old has been suspended my gas connection is suspended.in pretex of illegal cards they are harrasing genuine card and gas connection holders.this is happening only in karnataka.every one knows how corrupt is tahsildars office in our old DK.

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  • Ronnie, Kinnigoli/Canada

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    We heard enough of explanations and reasons for the shortfall. It is a shame that our elected representatives have no vision or solutions for the known problems. We just accept hopelessness.

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  • Joseph D'souza, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    This is expected. This is what happens when someone becomes a minister based on someone’s recommendation and not on your qualification. This is a just a simple example how people with zero experience manage their portfolios. Jai Ho, Jai Ho BJP

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  • Joseph D' Souza, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    As she took over the ministry, she had made tall promises as if she carries a magic wand in hand. Now that she knows the reality, she has also fallen in the same pit as previous ministers did. Dont trust these politicians at all, because they have no concern for the fate of the common man.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    This issue of POWER CUT,POWER TARIFF HIKE,LOAD SHEDDING are BABIES OF NAGESH NAYAK, BANGLORE.....YOUR COMMENT PLEASE...

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  • joegonsalves, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 26 2011

    This situation has been there and unless The Government takes the issue on a WAR FOOTING there is not going to be any respite. India has different sources to harness - Hydro - thermal - wind and so on. It is high time decisions in the right direction are taken to overcome power supply.

    It is sincerely hoped that the authorities seriously consider harnessing the resources as otherwise the situation will continue for ever.

    Joe Gonsalves

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