Power cuts in Bengaluru as BESCOM starts underground cabling work


WFH arrangements in Bengaluru are getting short-circuited as Bescom is transforming and taking its power infra underground

Summers not only bring a rise in mercury but power cuts too, as power consumption increases with air conditioners and fans working overtime. Many areas in Bengaluru are already facing frequent power cuts giving rise to the speculation that unscheduled load shedding has started already. However, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) officials say that there is no power shortage. Instead Karnataka is now a ‘power surplus’ state. But you will still face power cuts and that’s because of Bescom is laying underground cables.

WFH affected

With many people still working from home, frequent power cuts are affecting deadlines. “I stay in Bhuvaneshwari Nagar and there was no power on Monday from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. When you have such long power cuts, having a UPS is of no use. The back-up battery drains out. My work has been severely affected due to power interruptions,” said Chetan Raju, who works in a private bank. Santosh M, who works in a tech company said, “Due to power cuts, we are unable to use the internet or our desktops for long hours and this is affecting our daily deadlines Uninterrupted power is essential for WFH.”



Clarifying the reason for the power cuts, MB Rajesh Gowda, Managing Director, Bescom said, “We are laying underground cables at many places. This is an18-month project that is going on in different parts of the city. Underground cables will ensure reliability and better quality of power supply. During monsoons, we used to face issues of trees falling on electric cables resulting in power cuts. This won’t happen with underground cables. We will inform residents in advance if power cuts are to happen. Power will be disrupted for about four to five hours. Once the cables are laid, they won’t experience these issues.”

We are laying underground cables at many places. This is an 18-month project that is going on in different parts of the city. Underground cables will ensure reliability and better quality of power supply

— MB Rajesh Gowda, Managing Director, Bescom

Other reasons for power cuts could be scheduled maintenance or unscheduled maintenance (in case of an emergency) or due to line clearance by Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL).

Nalini Reddy, a resident of Whitefield said, “Power cuts have been common in the last few months. However, this week, it seems to have stabilised.”

Kamala R, a resident of Defence Colony said, “I face power cuts at least three times a day. For a homemaker, it’s difficult as it interferes with our cooking schedule.”

I face power cuts at least three times a day. For a homemaker, it’s difficult as it interferes with our cooking schedule ­

–Kamala R, a resident

Bescom sources said that Karnataka faced a severe power deficit till 2017 but now it has surplus power. “This can also be gauged from the fact that most of the thermal power plants have been running on reduced demand. The demand for power nosedived during the covid outbreak and the subsequent lockdown. Good rainfall in the monsoon has helped to fill up most of the hydel reservoirs, they said.

However, there is no demand for thermal power with there being enough hydel power. Also, thermal power is more expensive. Thermal plants which have a capacity of over 1600 megawatts have been generating under 20 per cent of their capacity. The Raichur Thermal Power Station for example has a combined capacity to generate 1,720 megawatts of power. However from April to December last year, the plant generated was only 17.5 per cent of its total capacity. The Bellary Thermal Power Station (three units) has a capacity of generating 1,700 MW but it has generated only 11.7 per cent of the total capacity. Yermarus Thermal Power Station (two units) has a capacity of 1,600 MW but it has generated only 20.7 per cent of its capacity between April and December. Due to low demand and low generation, the thermal units are finding it difficult to maintain their plants.



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