After water, it’s ‘Power’…

– As Bangalore fights it out for water shortage, another forthcoming would be ‘Power…

The IT city is heading for major load shedding as a severe power shortage has hit Karnataka and just ahead of exam time, the government is planning to impose major load shedding. The state needs nearly Rs 900 crore to tide over the power crisis this summer. Load-shedding is inevitable. The only thing that remains to be seen is to what extent it will affect industries, homes and farmers.
Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy has already said load-shedding for 3-4 months is inevitable to cope up with 500 megawatt shortage.


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The situation looks bleak. Karnataka consumes 130 million units of power every day while the supply is just not enough to meet the demand. As usual there is no one held accountable on failures to predict and there is no plan stated to mitigate the situation…most of the businesses would opt for generators burning more fuel and adding more ‘warmth’ to the planet!! These I feel are sure signs of planning glitches and failures at the cost of ‘common man’.
“Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”, so true….

8 Comments so far

  1. Jagannath Moorthy (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 10:28 am

    A few things that each of us can do.

    – Switch off lights and fans when not in the room
    – Minimize the usage of air conditioners until absolutely necessary
    – For people living in multi-storeyed flats, try to take the stairs instead of the lift, especially on the way down
    – The biggest usage of electricity for domestic purpose is for heating water. Set your geyser thermostat to a lower temperature. If possible, try a cold water bath
    – Switch off your electrical appliances instead of leaving them on standby. Sure, they only consume 2-3 W each, but when millions are attached to the grid, it all adds up
    – In offices, encourage people to draw the curtains/blinds and use the regular light instead of artifial light
    – I feel that the public awareness of this problem needs to be raised. Why doesnt the government come up with tips for the public to follow?


  2. silkboard (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 10:33 am

    I thought you were talking about Deepa Mehta’s next movie ;)

    Few more to Jagannath’s list

    – switch to CFLs
    – try solar water heaters
    – shutdown your PC before you leave office


  3. Rajesh (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    yes folks, these are really essential measures to be adopted immediately…

    1. Stop all electrical holdings…
    2. Stop illumination of building facades, many buildings just use electricity to illuminate the buildings from outside..
    3. review the roadlights at residential area’s, there are ample examples when street lights are installed and lit very closely and they run entire night…perhaps switch off alternate light poles after 11pm.
    4. Stop approving all functions that need electricity in summer.
    5. Declare electrical emergency and keep vigil on high comsumption and eletricla theft, impose fines in lacs for defaulters rather than petty sums..

    to add few more to the list…


  4. Raj (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    I’ve seriously started thinking of quitting Bangalore, if the power situation continues like this. Why is power turned off for a whole day on Sundays? Why can’t the BESCOM do the maintenance works on weekdays? BESCOM seem to be the only electricity board that works on Sundays. Instead of this Sunday harassment, it will be better if they impose load shedding on weekdays for 1-2 hrs.


  5. Raj (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    I’ve seriously started thinking of quitting Bangalore, if the power situation continues like this. Why is power turned off for a whole day on Sundays? Why can’t the BESCOM do the maintenance works on weekdays? BESCOM seem to be the only electricity board that works on Sundays. Instead of this Sunday harassment, it will be better if they impose load shedding on weekdays for 1-2 hrs.


  6. Raj (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    I’ve seriously started thinking of quitting Bangalore, if the power situation continues like this. Why is power turned off for a whole day on Sundays? Why can’t the BESCOM do the maintenance works on weekdays? BESCOM seem to be the only electricity board that works on Sundays. Instead of this Sunday harassment, it will be better if they impose load shedding on weekdays for 1-2 hrs.


  7. Naveen (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

    ^^^ Thanks for letting us know thrice that you’ll be leaving Bangalore:D
    While blaming the govt. and BESCOM for the power situation, we seem to forget the small things we do everyday without thinking about their effect on the overall power demand during peak hours.
    And what about the power guzzling glass and chrome monsters that pass off as swanky office places today?


  8. Raj (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    Most of the techies in IT companies leave their systems locked when they leave for the day. Nearly 3 lakh techies are working in the city. This locked computers will be consuming power 24/7, right. The effort to save power should start from the IT companies.



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