Karnataka’s energy isolation set to end
There is some good news on the energy front for Karnataka. People of the state are likely to get respite from the erratic and endless power cuts this summer. The reason: A crucial project, that is slated to end the energy drought, is likely to be commissioned in March.
Power outages have made life difficult due to their ripple effect by disrupting schedules and aggravating drinking water supply problems. The state’s inability to draw the contracted amount of power from the northern grid and surplus power from the western region played a prominent role in the man-made energy crisis.
But a long-awaited project to connect the southern grid with the national network is getting closer to becoming a reality. This will make it easier to draw power from the northern grid and the western region. According to officials of Karnataka State Power Corporation, work on the 800-kV circuit between Raichur in Karnataka and Solapur in Maharashtra is nearing completion.
“We have cleared as many as eight hurdles dogging the project. Another four remain and we are expediting work to clear them by February and ensure the commissioning of the project in March,” confirmed Amitha Prasad, principal secretary, energy department.
Absence of inter-connectivity also resulted in the state paying through its nose to purchase power. The rate at which power was offered was nearly four times the rate at which others got it.