​ Scanty rainfall this year, cause of concern: KPCL Chief

Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) managing director G Kumar Naik has expressed concern over scanty rainfall this year, leading to low inflow of water to various dams in the state. He said that compared to last year which was a deficit rain year, water levels were lower this year too.

Speaking to media persons at a private hotel on Vinobha Road in city on Monday, Naik said if there was no rain in the coming days, it would be a serious cause of concern to KPCL as the demand and supply would be largely affected.

The combined inflow of water this year to Linganamakki, Supa and Mani dams is 60.88 TMC when compared to 69.12 TMC, last year. “The inflow is way below the mark 101.19 TMC which is 10 years average. The good year was 1994 with the inflow of 214.08 TMC,” he added.

However, he said that the shortage would be compensated with KPCL’s new Yeramarus Thermal Power Station 1 with 800 MW capacity and Bellary Thermal Power Station with 700 MW capacity which would start functioning within a month. Another combined cycle plant comprising gas and steam with 370 MW capacity would start functioning in Yelahanka from March 2018, he said.

He urged people to use alternative mode of energy such as solar to meet the shortage of electricity in future. “We are in talks with private power suppliers, but we are not able to afford power to meet the power demands in the state.”

Briefing on the new projects, Naik said that Bidadi Combined Cycle Power Plant with 700 MW capacity, Godhna Thermal Power Station in Chattisgarh with 1,600 MW capacity, Edlapur Thermal Power Station in Raichur with 800 MW capacity and Ghataprabha Dam Power House with 20 MW capacity are on pipeline.

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