The Karnataka Government is confident of smooth handling of power situation during summer.

Karnataka Power Minister, Shobha Karandlaje, expressed this view while laying the foundation stone for the new corporate office building of Mescom (Mangalore Electricity Supply Company) here on Thursday.

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 Karnataka Government has prepared plans for power supply during summer.

Explaining this, she said that the State can 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 saving 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.

vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 15, 2012)
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