• Thu. May 12th, 2022

Power cuts underway in many parts of Bangalore

ByRandall B. Phelps

Apr 15, 2022

After enduring day-long power outages, parts of Rajajinagar, Indiranagar, Hebbal, RR Nagar, Shivajinagar and Hebbal could finally enjoy uninterrupted power supply.

Phases I and II of Bescom’s ambitious project to convert overhead power lines to underground cables finally seem to be coming to an end.

Although the first two phases were due to be completed in October 2021, the project was pushed back due to multiple obstacles such as delays in obtaining road-cutting permits, Bescom said.

“As well as the delay in getting road cut permits, we also had to coordinate with multiple agencies to make sure we don’t
damage their utilities. Hence the delay,” a senior Bescom official said.

Bescom chief executive Rajendra Cholan said work had stalled due to ongoing reviews since last month.

“During the exam season, we cannot afford long power cuts. Therefore, we have temporarily slowed down the process. However, the first two phases are in the final stages of completion. We hope to complete it within a month,” Cholan said.

Another official said they are planning diligently to ensure the first two phases are completed before the monsoon begins. Officials added that Phases III and IV which were to be completed by August 2022 could also be delayed by at least six months. To date, 92% of the High Voltage (HV) cables conversion work and 83.87% of the Low Voltage (LV) cables of Phase I have been completed. Converting HV lines to underground cables and LV lines to bundled overhead cables will ensure uninterrupted power supply and reduce the number of electrical accidents, they said.

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