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Karnataka to buy 750 MW from private power firms

According to reports, the Karnataka Government has decided to purchase 750 MW from private power companies as electricity generation at its power plants has fallen due to poor monsoon rains.

Tenders would be issued soon inviting private companies to supply power to the State grid, State Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje told reporters here.

The power supply situation would be grim if the State did not get bountiful spells of rains in the remaining days of the monsoon, Karandlaje said.

Linganamakki hydel reservoir currently has of about 30 tmc. ft compared with the storage level of 80 tmc. ft during the corresponding period of last year. Currently, hydel plants generate 2,500 MW daily.

The demand for power has increased by about 24 per cent compared to the previous year.

She said the second unit of the Bellary Thermal Power Station is expected to commence full-fledged generation from January.

“The plant has already commenced power generation and full capacity will be utilised only after production is stabilised which will require at least three months,” she said.

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