Bengaluru’s power receiving capacity to grow three fold in 20 months

Bengaluru’s power drawal capacity will go up threefold from the present 2500 MW to 7500 MW by December next year with the State’s transmission utility, KPTCL, taking up major transmission projects within and outside the city.

The KPTCL is spending about Rs 1720 crore to upgrade Bengaluru’s creaking power infrastructure targeting paying consumers like software firms, manufacturing industries, retail malls, startups etc.

The City accounts for 40% of Karnataka’s power consumption, and the government always found it difficult to transport bulk power into the city from outside sources for want of high-voltage transmission lines. To overcome this problem, the KPTCL is laying new lines from the thermal power stations in north Karnataka, and building two 400 KV and six 210 KV substations in the City.

Two 400 kV stations are coming up at Electronic City and Devanahalli, and six 200 kV stations are being built at Koramangala, Kumbalagodu, Manyata Tech Park, Brindavan Alloys, ITI area, and at KIADB industrial area at Devanahalli.

“We have already issued a few tenders, and some more are in the pipeline,” KPTCL managing director Jawaid Akhtar told ET. “The action plan we are implementing will increase the availability of power in Bengaluru and fuel industrial development,” he said.

The KPTCL, according to him, is going for the modern gas-insulated stations (GIS) wherever it has serious space constraints.

The choice of locations on the City outskirts shows the utility is sinking crores of rupees keeping the revenue potential of the catchment areas of each of these stations. “Our projects are going to be win-win for all: the consumers will get reliable power supply while KPTCL and Bescom will get additional revenues from increase in the sale of electricity,” said S.Sumanth, Director (Transmission) at KPTCL.

Karnataka will see fresh capacity coming up with the expansion of Bellary thermal power station, the new plants at Kudgi and Yaramaras, and several windmills poised to go on stream. “We will have to evacuate about 6000 MW of power from all these projects, which will be available to us by December next year,” Akhtar said.

The new transmission lines that they are building from generation points to load centres such as Bengaluru will make up about 2000 circuit kilometres, according to Sumanth. The KPTCL is spending about Rs 3500 crore, and the work has already started for 700 circuit kilometre of lines, he added.

L&T, KEC and Kalpataru Power have bagged some of these contracts.