Thiruvananthapuram: In the face of an ongoing power crisis in the state, a high-level meeting is set to take place today, presided over by the Electricity Minister. While a range of topics, including load shedding and electricity conservation, will be on the agenda, sources indicate that concrete decisions might not be reached during this session.
The Electricity Minister will lead discussions on a variety of critical matters, particularly focusing on the acute power shortage that has gripped the state. The situation has prompted concerns and necessitated urgent measures to stabilise the power supply.
In a previous statement, the Electricity Minister warned of stringent electricity consumption restrictions and potential hikes in electricity charges. These proposed measures come at a time when the state is concurrently engaged in the Puduppalli elections and the upcoming Onam festivities. Consequently, it is expected that any decisive actions regarding electricity control will be approached with caution, keeping in mind the sensitivities of the ongoing events.
The minister’s prior announcement had outlined the possibility of implementing power rationing in the event of prolonged dry weather conditions. In addition, the Minister emphasised that sourcing electricity from external suppliers would lead to significant financial losses, estimated at approximately 10 crore rupees per day.
The challenges posed by insufficient rainfall have significantly impacted Kerala’s power generation capabilities. Furthermore, the recent termination of contracts with three external electricity providers has further exacerbated the crisis.