Bangalore, Apr 2 UNI | 4 months ago

In view of ever increasing demand for power in the agriculture sector, with most of it being supplied free, the Karnataka Government has requested High tension consumers, including industries to reschedule their production schedule and cut down energy consumption.

Speaking to mediapersons here, today Power Minister D K Shivakumar said the demand from the farming sector for power increased sharply during the summer, and to maintain healthy balance on demand and supply, the ESCOM's had issued directions to heavy power drawing industries to reschedule their production schedule.

Maintaining that they had asked the industries either to declare 'lay-off' for a day or two in a week or function on Sundays, he said "it has been doing so to meet the demand from power from all sections of the consumers including domestic and agriculture."

Stating that the ESCOMs in the state which were engaged in day in and day out to ensure the regular supply of power, were hit by frequent technical snag in many of the coal fired thermal power stations, he said "it would take a minimum six or eight hours to set right if generation of power disrupts due to technical problems."

(Posted on 02-04-2014)