The Karnataka Government is confident of smooth handling of power situation during summer, the State Power Minister, Shobha Karandlaje, said while laying the foundation stone for the new corporate office building of Mescom (Mangalore Electricity Supply Company) here on Thursday.

The demand for electricity has increased by 24 per cent in the past one year. She said that the average increase in demand is 12-13 per cent at the national level. Added to this, the State has been facing severe drought.

Water storage in one of the major hydro electric projects in the State – Linganamakki Dam – stands at 70 per cent this year. The storage was 96 per cent last year.

Keeping all these challenges in mind, the State Government has prepared plans for smooth power supply during summer, the Minister said.

She said the State could produce 31 million units of power a day from its hydel projects till June 15. “Now we have power from other sources. So we are conserving water in dams. If we use that from January-May we may not face any problem. There will not be any problem if we stick to our plan,” Karandlaje said.

“I assure the people of this State that we will handle power situation very smoothly during this summer also,” she said.

The plans for ensuring smooth power supply would have got a further boost if the Centre had cooperated with the State, she said.

Stating that the total power production in the State was around 4,500 MW four years ago, the Minister said the State has added more than 4,500 MW in the last four years.

The State Government spent around Rs 11,000 crore on various works related to power sector in the last four years, she said.

Referring to various power projects taken up by the State Government, Karandlaje said the completion of these projects would make the State self-reliant in power production by 2014. The State will be in a position to sell electricity by then, she added.

vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 15, 2012)
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