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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Power
RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO.I83 TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.12.2011 Allocation of Power to Karnataka
*183. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of POWER be pleased to state:-
(a) Whether it is a fact that Karnataka has recently faced an acute power shortage, due to reduction in availability of State's central share of power, leading to massive power cuts in different parts of the State;
(b) If so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor; and
(c) What remedial measures Government has taken in this regard?
ANSWER THE MINISTER OF POWER (SHRI SUSHILKUMAR SHINDE)
(a) to (c): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF STARRED QUESTION NO. 183 TO BE ANSWERED IN THE RAJYA SABHA ON O5.12.2011 REGARDING ALLOCATION OF POWER TO KARNATAKA.
(a) to (c) : There is an overall shortage of power in the country. The shortage varies from State to State on season to season and month to month basis depending upon the demand and availability of power. The energy and peak shortage in Karnataka during April to August, 2011 was 7.8% and 11.4% respectively. The shortages, however, increased during the months of September and October, 2011.
The energy shortage in the State in Karnataka during September and October, 2011 was 9.2% and 14% respectively and the peak shortage was 13.7% and 14.2% respectively.
On an average, Karnataka received 277 MW and 227 MW less power from the available units of Central Generating Stations during the period 13th to 30th September & 1st October, 2011 to 24th October, 2011 respectively as compared to its allocation because of reduced generation in these stations due to less supply of coal due to Telangana agitation. Strike at Singarani Collieries Company Limited was called off onl8th October, 2011 and coal supply to the power stations improved and generation at the associated power stations got normalized. Less supply of coal due to Telangana agitation resulting in reduced generation not only affected Karnataka but also the other States in the Southern Region.