Unscheduled power cuts could be common in the city till October.
Story so far: A year ago, BESCOM officials said the city would be free of power cuts. That hasn’t come to fruition. Residents have been complaining of short-duration power cuts. They’ve been 30-60 minutes long and have become quite common in parts of the east, southeast, south, and central parts of the city. Needless to say, citizens aren’t pleased.
- According to BESCOM, this could continue till October. The reason is electrical and infrastructural work like maintenance that happens every three months. Also, when transformers need to be shifted, the power needs to be disconnected.
- There’s also a shortage of manpower at the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited and other generators. There’s a staff crunch of almost 39%.
Work done: BESCOM has completed about 80% of the underground cable work instead of overhead transmission lines. These cables haven’t been commissioned yet. The coming months will see power switching over to the cables.