The residents of K. Hemmanahalli, headed by Maj. Gen. (Retd) C.K. Karumbaya, held a meeting with CESC Chief Engineer Shanthi, with a complaint of they not being supplied with adequate electricity. The residents said that they were getting only 6 hours of electricity supply out of which 3-phase electricity was supplied for 3 hours and the rest of the hours they were being supplied with single phase electricity.

The residents also complained that CESC was neglecting residents of rural areas by supplying maximum electricity to urban areas. They demanded CESC to shift the supply of 3-phase electricity between 7 am and 9 am instead of between 6 am to 8 am so that the residents can use the electricity effectively. They also requested the officials to provide at least 6-8 hour single phase electricity at the rural areas instead of 3 hours which is being supplied currently. The residents also said that they were supplied with 3 phase electricity for one hour from 1 am which served no purpose to them. Instead, they demanded the officials to supply the same during the day hours.

Later, one of the CESC officials said that the electricity supplied to CESC from the main grid was much lesser to the actual demand. However, the official promised to look into the matter after holding talks with higher officials.

Speaking to SOM, Anne Gowda, Executive Engineer, CESC, said that CESC was being supplied with 577-683 MW electricity to be supplied for Mysore, Hassan, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu districts while the actual need was around 1500 MW. He also mentioned that for entire Mysore district to get uninterrupted power supply around 350-400 MW was needed and for Mysore city there was a need of 200 MW. “Currently, there is a shortage of power supply as the generation of power has been stopped in Shimsha and Shivanasamudra hydel stations. Moreover there is no water in KRS and Kabini reservoirs which has led to stop in electricity generation. If there is no rainfall, there are chances of further shortage," he said.

The residents also met Chief Engineer Shanthi and enlightened her about the problems being faced by them. CESC General Manager (Technical) B.N. Vijendra and residents Sujith Kumar, Manickam , Manjunath and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore