Bengaluru and eight districts in Karnataka which come under Bengaluru Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM), are going to face the brunt of power crisis that has been looming over the drought-ridden state.
How long will the power cuts be?
The city will witness power outages for a week at least for three hours per day and urban areas in the districts that come under BESCOM will face four-hour load shedding.
When is it going to start?
It already has. The power-outages started on Friday.
What comes as a relief is that, BESCOM has decided to schedule the load shedding and to not have three-hour power cuts at a stretch.
What happens after a week?
That’s a question for a tarot card reader perhaps. But we still asked the Bescom Pro Geetha Chavan who quipped, “That’s like asking if it would rain the next week or not.”
So let’s brace for more power outages as the state seems to have no clarity on whether it can solve the crisis by buying power, for now.
The immediate solutions would be to repair defective power plants like the one at Raichur, says Bescom. “This is a major power crisis. There is no hydro power being generated as the dams are dry, wind power is also minimal,” Chavan said.
We are now waiting for government pujas to please the rain god like neighboring Andhra is doing.
Which areas are going to get affected?
This would affect the Bengaluru Metropolitan Zone, Bengaluru Rural Zone and Chitradurga Zone which come under BESCOM. A total of 116 areas, which come under Bengaluru North circle, Bengaluru East circle,Bengaluru West circle , Bengaluru South circle, Bengaluru Rural circle, Kolar circle, Davanagere and Tumkur, would face load shedding.
Why is this happening?
A BESCOM press release says that BESCOM has been facing an acute power scarcity due to a severe power generation shortage in the State. Technical problems and annual maintenance works at generating stations and reduced support through wind power are adding to the problem.
BESCOM has divided the power-cuts into three one-hour installments which would be between 6 am and 11 am, 11 am and 4 pm and 4 pm and 9 pm.
Each area in the city comes under one of the five batches of timings of power-cuts. The batch timings show how the 3-hour power-cuts are divided into three one-hour installments.