Power cuts in Bengaluru as BESCOM starts underground cabling work
Summers not only bring a rise in mercury but
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
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
Kamala R, a resident of
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