Bangalore Power Outage: Projects on slow track, Bengaluru may see power outages till August 2022 | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Coal shortage aside, the projects of Bengaluru Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) to replace overhead cables with underground 11 kv lines have created a serious power outage problem.
It is expected that the power outages are likely to continue in some parts of the city till August 2022 because of the ongoing work.

Data shared by Beccom suggests that as of September 30, only 60 per cent of the underground work has been completed in the city.
The areas which are likely to see continued power cuts over the next six months to one year are mostly the IT corridor areas, such as parts of Whitefield, Bommanahalli, Mahadevpura, Jalahalli, Koramangala, Madiwala, Bellandur and KR Puram.
The progress of the projects in these areas is between 5 to 47 per cent only.
Maximum progress has been seen in the Malleswaram and Jayanagar sub-divisions with only 15 to 20 per cent of the work pending.
While the serious shortage of coal availability in the country has created a panic, the frequent power outages are said to be doubled in Bengaluru on account of these projects on the streets of the city.
Multiple energy department officials TOI spoke to suggested that the government has stopped all ongoing underground projects as it was creating a serious panic among Bengalureans and industries regarding restarting of business at full scale after the Covid-19 pandemic. This apart, the continued heavy rain has also hampered progress.
There is expected to be a further delay in completion of the projects by Bescom that may lead to an “artificial scarcity” of power in the city.
Of the 52 major underground cabling projects, 13 are scheduled to be completed by August 2022 and 39 by October 29, 2021. “Most of the projects have overrun the time schedule due to Covid-19 second wave and delays in contractors embarking upon them. It will take us some time to compensate for the loss of time and complete the work,” said an energy department official.
However, Bescom managing director P Rajendra Cholan said the electricity supply company was confident that the projects would be completed at the earliest.
“On account of the coal shortage, there was a serious confusion that Bescom was embarking on power cuts. However, this had nothing to do with the power cuts. Our primary reason for cutting power in select areas at different times is the UG cabling. We expect this to be completed in the coming months,” Cholan said.
Overall, the cabling work is spread across 7,085 kilometres of the city, of which 2,829 kilometres of work is to be completed.
The state faced serious power cuts for three days on the trot between October 6 to October 9 during the evening.
On those three days, due to a shortage of coal, the Karnataka government apprised the Centre in an internal communication that it had to cut 600 to 700 MW every day and load shedding had taken place.


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