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Deficit monsoon hits hydel power output in Karnataka

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Bengaluru: Deficit southwest monsoon over a month in the catchment areas of Karnataka has hit power generation from hydel sources in the state, an official said on Wednesday.

According to the meteorology office, the monsoon was 27 percent deficit from June to August 10, with total rainfall being about 400 mm (40 cm) as against normal 660 mm (66 cm).

“Poor monsoon has depleted the combined water storage in our three major hydel reservoirs — Linganamakki, Mani and Supa,” Karnataka Power Corp Ltd (KPCL) managing director M. Maheshwar Rao said.

Linganamakki and Mani dams are in Shivamogga district of Malnad region, about 270 km from Bengaluru. The Supa dam is in Uttara Kannada district, about 500 km from here.

Though the state has a combined installed capacity of 10,189 MW from conventional resources like hydel and thermal stations, generation is around 6,600-7,300 MW due to lower hydro output and breakdown in state and central power generating units.

“Power output declined to 3,200 MW due to outages in coal-based thermal units at Udupi, Raichur and Ballari in the first half of this month,” Rao said.

The state-run KPCL generates most energy in partnership with private producers from Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS), Ballari Thermal Power Station (BTPS) and Udupi Power Corp Ltd (UPCL), an independent private producer Lanco-Infratech.

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West Bengal governor says he ‘felt insulted’ at Durga Puja carnival

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Kolkata: The rift between West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee widened on Tuesday after the former alleged that he felt insulted at the Durga Puja carnival organized by the TMC government in the city.

He, however, did not mention the reason for feeling humiliated at the event. According to sources, Dhankar was not happy with the sitting arrangement at Friday’s carnival, organized by the TMC government to showcase some of the big-ticket pujas.

An emotional Governor said he “felt insulted at the carnival. I am deeply hurt and disturbed. The insult was not to me but to every people of West Bengal. They will never digest such as insult. I am a servant of the people of West Bengal. Nothing can deter me from performing my constitutional duties,” with his voice literally trembling.

“Speaking out of my injured heart” the Governor said “for four hours or more I was there and your press coverage was totally blacked out…This is unheard of. You will never find it anywhere else. Someone told me it was reminiscent of the Emergency.”

He further said “I will be there despite the insult because I have to recognize the talent of the people of West Bengal. I have to suffer for them, I will suffer. If I have to suffer more insults, more affronts…This bad taste in my mouth has been created by people who perhaps do not have the mindset and the large heart that people of West Bengal have…I appreciate this discourteous approach by the government for the first servant. I’m sure they’ll do soul searching and make amends.”’

The fourth edition of the event, the brainchild of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was attended by her ministerial colleagues, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, members of different consulates among other dignitaries and tourists.

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