Industrialists conduct aarti to Bescom officials in Bengaluru, fed up with power outages.

Kumbalagodu Industrial Area, off Bengaluru-Mysuru Road, has plunged into the age of darkness . Industrialists are so outraged by power outages that they stormed the Bescom office and ridiculed the engineers by doing aarti for failing them .

BENGALURU : Kumbalagodu Industrial Area, off Bengaluru-Mysuru Road, has literally plunged into the age of darkness with frequent power cuts and a weak electricity supply on a daily basis.Industrialists are so outraged by power outages that they stormed the Bescom office and ridiculed the engineers by doing aarti for failing them.The demonstration, which took place at the assistant executive engineers (AEE) office of Bescoms Kengeri sub-division on Thursday, is a sign of the rising frustration among power users.How can we run businesses if the power supply is erratic?

Ironically, the demonstration takes place at a time when Karnatakas ministers are globe-trotting to draw visitors to the state by promising better roads.Bescom officials swung into damage-control on Friday and attempted to calm the industrialists outraged by the sudden revolt.Kamlesh Mehta, the general secretary of the Kumbalgodu Industries Association (KIA), told S all industries are concerned about erratic electricity supply and unscheduled power cuts, according to Kamlesh Mehta.Half of the industries in this case are connected to the rural feeder, and the entire system is still operating with the old distribution system, which has caused frequent transmission disruptions.

But there has been no announcement on it till now.Even if the government decides to invest a quarter of the revenue generated by this industrial layout, it would suffice to finance the project, he explained.The area is home to more than 700 industries, ranging from large and medium-scale to small and micro, according to KIA office bearers.Micro-industries are the most negatively impacted area.

In the past one week, more than half of KIA's monthly income has been spent on diesel to run generators, according to S Babu, president of the organization.Industrialists said the area has the potential to attract more investors in the next year as a result of Metro connectivity and the widening of the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway, if the government addresses power shortages.Nagarjuna D, Bescom's technical director, told S that he met with Kengeri division leaders and businesses in the coming three-four months to address the situation.The problem was caused by the failure of a major hightension tower belonging to KPTCL.

We have now installed an additional transformer with a capacity of 31 after reviewing the situation with the SEE (west) and EE of Kengeri division.The area needs 5 mva to carry the load.To satisfy the demand, the 66kV station in Somanahalli has been upgraded to 220kV.To meet the demand, we have ordered officials to install an additional feeder.