Congress eyes electricity from Telangana to overcome power crisis in Karnataka

The Congress party that came to rule in neighbouring Karnataka is facing a severe power crisis. The state has imposed power cuts in divisions across the state from three to seven hours a day. Since it could not fulfil its promise of providing uninterrupted quality power supply either to the farmers or to the industries, it plans to draw electricity from the Telangana state if it is voted to power here.

It may be noted that the Telangana government being ruled by the BRS party has been giving free electricity to farmers round the clock. It has overcome its problems with regard to electricity. The present installed capacity of power in Telangana state is 18,756 units and per capita power consumption is 2,166 units. The per capita power consumption in Karnataka is 1,184 units and the national average is 1,255 units. The Telangana state under the leadership of chief minister Mr KCR proved itself best in the country.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka has announced power cuts as under; Belagavi division – 6 to 7 hours; Kalaburgi division – 4 to 5 hours; Mysore division – 4 hours and the Bengaluru division – 3 to 4 hours per day. It may be noted that the Karnataka deputy chief minister Mr DK Shiva Kumar who is also campaigning in Telangana assembly elections now has been stating that his government is giving five hours of power to the farmers. It is ironic that he is not aware that the Telangana government is giving 24-hour free power supply to the farmers here.

The TPCC president Revanth Reddy opined that there is no need to give free 24-hour power to farmers. It is enough if they give power to just three hours to wet their crops.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao