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Power cuts are back in India, monsoon deficit blamed

According to reports, power cuts are back in the city. The outages will be for a minimum of two hours a day-one hour each in the morning and in the evening.

The Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) on Tuesday said the outages will be regular till the monsoon is on track in the state. Given the scanty rainfall in the state, there has been decrease in production, which is affecting the supply. Bhagya Naik, CESC director (technical), told TOI: “The power crisis may continue for some time. We may have to resort to outages in the afternoon too.”

The schedule might come into effect in 3-4 days, he stated. “The power grids are overburdened and power cuts are inevitable,” he asserted. The %daily power requirement of CESC is 900-950 megawatts but we are getting around 600 megawatts, he explained adding that wind power is not able to meet the demand.

Earlier, CESC managing director P Boregowda had claimed that they had purchased power till May 2012 to meet the requirements in Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Hassan and Kodagu districts. Expecting normal rainfall, the power utility didn’t move to buy power in advance, which is affecting the CESC districts.

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