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Peenya gas unit to ease Bengaluru’s power woes: Energy Minister D K Shivakumar

Published Mar 1, 2018, 4:42 am IST
Updated Mar 1, 2018, 4:42 am IST
Energy Minister D K Shivakumar.  (Photo: PTI)
 Energy Minister D K Shivakumar. (Photo: PTI)

Bengaluru: Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar has said the city would get uninterrupted power supply once the gas unit in Peenya is inaugurated. 

While inaugurating the newly-constructed Belaku Bhavana on the premises of Bescom main office near K.R. Circle, he told reporters, “The gas unit can generate 1,370 megawatt power and has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore. Once it is inaugurated, the city can get uninterrupted power supply.”

The minister further said that the gas unit will be inaugurated by March 15 or latest by the end of March, but only if the Election Commission grants permission.

“The gas unit is a great achievement for the energy department, as it was a long pending programme and we have finally implemented it. The work was pending for 30 years and now it has been completed within four years. The energy department has worked with complete dedication and commitment and the results can be seen,” he added.

“The work carried out by Bescom and KPTCL has invited attention from various states. Several states have approached us to implement projects like the Surya Raitha programme and other schemes,” Mr Shivakumar said.

A senior Bescom official said Belaku Bhavan was constructed within two years and Bescom's Distribution Automation System (DAS) was also inaugurated at HSR Layout. The DAS will modernize the 11 kV distribution network of 

Bengaluru City that will lead to improvement in reliability of power supply by reducing the outage time. DAS also enables remote monitoring of the power flow and control of the 11 Kv distribution network.

Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru


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