During the State Assembly Elections in 2008 one politician came up with a new “Election Promise” – dedicated power station(s) for Bangalore! Not sure if that promise will be met but one has to congratulate BSY for coming up with this in the agenda. We are sure the public was bored of the usual election promises.
Bangalore consumes the maximum power in Karnataka but at the same time it generates the maximum revenues for Karnataka. In view of political UNWILL consumers are suffering every summer from shortage of power. Karnataka is facing a shortage of 1,300 MW of power. Bangalore consumes 21 million units per day (as of June 2008).
By November 2008, four new 220 KV substations will ensure Bangalore has uninterrupted power supply. These four substations and four more that are in the pipeline (to be commissioned in March 2009) are being built at a cost of Rs 920 crore. These projects were launched few years ago but due to technical and inter-departmental interventions it never took off. It is difficult to digest the fact that BBMP was not giving the necessary permission for road cutting!!!
The new substations will generate an additional 1,200 MW. The consumption of power is set to grow by 17% by 2013.
- Karnataka to get 100 MW of power from Chhattisgarh
Power-starved Karnataka has been promised 100 megawatt of energy by the Chattisgarh government.Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh met Karnataka Power Minister K S Eswarappa and gave an assurance to this effect, sources in Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (KPTCL) said.