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Mangaluru: Unscheduled load shedding - result of mismanagement of power sector?

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Nov 8: Even as people of Karnataka coast were complacent on the basis of repeated assurances from ministers that there would not be any power outages on account of satisfactory power situation, people of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts have been jolted by the sudden announcement of unscheduled load shedding with immediate effect. Shockingly, the situation has turned for the worse when rainy season is about to end. People shudder to think about the situation that might prevail during summer, going by the current crisis.

Although it is said that load shedding would be limited to two hours every day and it would be a temporary phenomenon, sources say that this situation night continue for long. In addition to creating problems for various sectors including education, agriculture, industry and business, load shedding also results in increased consumption of petroleum products and enhanced pollution levels on account of large scale use of generators.

Usually, the government puts forth the excuse of shortfall in rain as a reason for resorting to load shedding, but this time it cannot claim shelter under this pretext as rainfall this time was copious. Although people of the twin-districts had hoped that power shortage would be a thing of the past with Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL) starting generation of power and quickly increasing its capacity. But as giant share of the power generated by the company goes to Bengaluru and Hubballi, the districts get only a small share of two percent. Although demands had been placed for increasing this share, the concerned are yet to take a decision.

It is said that arrears of payment to UPCL from electric supply companies like Gulbarga and Hubballi have totalled to Rs 800 crore and this is one of the major reasons for shortage in power supply. UPCL, which has a capacity to generate 1,200 mw, has shut one of its units for maintenance. UPCL Adani officials said that repairs and maintenance work are being taken on account of technical problems and that the unit will become functional within ten days.

It is said that UPCL does not have funds to buy coal now although coal stock is available. On the other hand, Raichur Thermal Power Station has funds but there is no coal supply.

In many places, power cables have become very old and a little change in the climate or wind disrupts power supply to various places. Load shedding has added to the woes of the beneficiaries. It is tragic that Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts where several other facilities have improved over time, and Mangaluru Electric Supply Company is known to be one of the best run electricity supply companies in the state, which also boasts of being prompt in clearance of its dues, are facing this ordeal. One hopes that politicians, who had earlier tried to see that the region gets uninterrupted power supply, will come together and fight for this cause apolitically, without trying to use this opportunity to reap political benefit in the coming election.

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  • Antony, Mlr

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Thota shrangara....

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    MESCOM is one of the great power supply cos in India so we have no scope for complaints about it!

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  • Honnappa, Byadagi

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    It is ploy by those in power to buy costly electric power. When it comes to minting money both Congress and BJP are on same level. Common people of Karnataka have to suffer.

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    we cant expect development from who has mindfull of ego,religious appeasment,cast,language and corruption..

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Let us not compare our state with other state since power supply is really improved and moderately good

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  • Tom Cat, Navi Mumbai/mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    As long as husband and wife party is in power (bjp/congress) there will be shortage.

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Kindly bear with this load shedding. Government is doing great things like Tippu jayanti. Please do not complain about petty power cuts.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Kathale bhagya
    Where r the ppl who were praising Karnataka compare to Gujarath ?
    Even today there is 24×7 power in Gujarat

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  • Krishna, Kavoor

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Are you kidding? Govt. Is busy discussing important issues like Tippu Jayanti and reservation in Pvt. Sector etc. We the people should not be worried about the basic needs like 24 he power supply, daily water supply, proper roads etc. Those are for Western people. Not for Indians.

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