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Friday, December 08 2023

Karnataka’s power woes, drought & short-term measures

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Bengaluru: Insufficient rainfall has led to a drastic decline in water reservoir levels across the state. This, in turn, has hampered the hydro-electric power generation units’ ability to produce electricity to their full capacity. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has acknowledged that with limited power generation and increasing demand, the government is left with no choice but to secure temporary power agreements from other states.

Former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy clarified that he is not governing from the Westend Hotel but is actively engaging with the people, empathizing with their hardships.

He highlighted their efforts to boost power generation by harnessing renewable energy sources for a long-term solution to the power crisis. Kumaraswamy emphasized, “We are not operating from the Westend Hotel; we are working alongside the people, sharing in their struggles.”

Farmers have been directed to ensure a continuous supply of power for five hours in three shifts. Additionally, the procurement of 300 MT from Uttar Pradesh and the purchase of 600 MW of power from Punjab and other sources have been proposed. The state has also initiated measures such as reactivating thermal power plants to address the power supply situation.

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