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Power crisis: Long hours of load-shedding set to return from March

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Bengaluru: The power crisis in the state is likely to lead to major load shedding in the next two to three months.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah who held a Cabinet meeting on Monday, asked the Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav and Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar to hold a meeting to work out a plan to ease the grim power situation.

According to sources, the fire at Sharavathi Generating Station (1,035 MW capacity) near Jog-Kargal in Shivamogga district had led to a power deficit of 1000 MW power in the state. Though power was available for purchase, the state does not have a grid to route the purchased power to its network. Even for distribution, work on the powerline network has been stopped in Tumakuru due to protests by local residents.

As per information provided to Cabinet, the demand and supply for February was manageable at around 9300 MW. However, in March, the demand would be 10,026 MW, while the supply would be only 9218 MW. In April, the demand would be 10,453 MW, while supply would be 9762 MW. The Energy Department hopes the demand in May might drop to 9318 MW, while supply would be 9156 MW. Generation at Sharavathi station is expected to return to normal in four months but it might take longer, sources added.

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