Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dark, dry, hot days ahead

Dark, dry, hot days ahead
Bangalore reeling under unscheduled power cuts
Jayashree Nandi & A T Subrahmanya | TNN

Bangalore: Though the city is experiencing unscheduled power cuts, Bescom wants the citizens to believe it is not so. This is what Bescom MD Tushaar Girinath had to tell TOI on Monday: “There have been no unscheduled power cuts for the past two days. The situation has improved.’’
But on Monday, residents of several areas complained of sudden power cuts disrupting their daily routine. Power disruptions have made nearly 4,500 industries in Peenya hit a roadblock in production. FKCCI president J Crasta said: “We are losing nearly Rs 1 crore per day due to unscheduled power cuts..’’
Principal secretary (energy) K Jairaj offers some hope: “We are buying 300 MW power from Jindal and Reliance. We have decided to barter power from NTPC. So the situation should improve by March end.’’
But what happened to chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s promise to students that the government will not cause inconvenience to students during the exam period?
Demand for power goes up to 138 million units (MU) Shortage is 500 MW Residents face unscheduled power cuts Bescom says situation has improved


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