Frequent power outages impacts WFH

Power cuts in Bengaluru are impacting people who work from home(WFH) as unplanned outages have become more frequent. Many people in Bengaluru are affected by frequent power outages as they slow down their daily activities. The planned outages data from Bengaluru Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) shows that the power cuts are happening mostly due […]

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BESCOM Solar Rooftop Scheme In the Shadows

BESCOM’s solar rooftop scheme has hit several roadblocks since its inception in 2014. Bengaluru: Ashok Sarath, a resident of Defense Colony, Indiranagar, installed a solar power plant seven years ago. Back then, he had hoped that he would be able to save money and also go green by investing in the solar rooftop. However, ever […]

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More electric vehicles, fewer charging stations

While there is an increase in demand for charging stations in the city, the supply continues to remain low. Bengaluru: As diesel and petrol prices continue to rise, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company’s (BESCOM) public electric vehicle charging stations slowly saw a rise in number of users. The January 2021 sales of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in […]

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Bangalore struggles to adapt to electric-autos

Karnataka government is lagging behind in providing adequate charging stations and subsidies for electric-autos in Bangalore. Yumna Ahmed Despite the state government’s push for electric means of transport, there are not enough charging stations in the city. In March 2019, the Transport Department of Karnataka decided to issue permits for 5,000 e-autos over the next […]

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Rise in electric accidents shock Bangalore

Accidents by electric shocks rise in the city, by the day, even as BESCOM talks of awareness programs. Sanchari Ghatak Bangalore grapples with cases of electrical accidents, shows a data report by the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM). The fiscal year of 2018-2019 saw 136 cases where people died of electrocution and 91 non-fatal […]

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Transformers menace city footpaths

Transformers that jut out on to the footpaths pose threat to the pedestrians of being electrocuted. By Shalu Chowrasia Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) has identified 5,658 hazardous footpath locations where transformers pose a threat to pedestrians of being electrocuted. Of them, about 4,179 have been attended, according to data available with the Safety Section […]

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Illegally parked scooters, potential death threat

The Motor Vehicles Act specifies the fine for illegal parking, but there are no proper laws which define the requirements of a parking area. Yashasvini Razdan Two-wheelers parked right under a high voltage transformer on Main Guard Cross Road in a no-parking zone in Shivajinagar creates a potential threat of an accident due to the […]

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Unscheduled power outages short-circuit industrial yield

Even though Karnataka is a power-surplus state, industries in Bengaluru incur losses in production due to power failures. By Jagriti Parakh Frequent unscheduled power outages have adversely affected productivity in Bengaluru’s major industrial areas. Industries struggle with lengthy outages with no information on how long they will last. Data available with Bangalore Electricity Supply Company […]

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No long rides in Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle users face several challenges due to inadequate number of electric vehicle charging stations. Batchu Rushali E-vehicle owners complain of limited battery duration and lack of efficient e-vehicle charging stations for long distance. Several commuters believe that waiting for the vehicle to be charged is also a difficult task. “I regret buying an electric […]

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Citizens risk electrocution as departments bicker

Electric lines are too close to buildings, in clear violation of bye-laws. Even after notices by BESCOM, the situation is unchanged. By Niket Nishant In clear violation of the city’s building-bye laws (2004), the buildings and the electric lines in Ashok Nagar – especially on M.G. Road and Brigade Road are separated by a distance […]

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