Idukki: Electricity Minister MM Mani said on Sunday that the government will try its best to avoid load-shedding even though the state is reeling under severe power crisis.

Speaking to mediapersons after visiting Moolamattom power house following the finding of a leakage there, Mani said that the technical problem at the power house will be solved within December 16.

"The government will try to avoid load-shedding even if it has to buy power from outside. All arrangements have been made to buy power from outside. The final decision in this regard will be taken after holding discussions with the chief minister," Mani said. 

The leakage at the penstock pipelines at the state's main power station at Moolamattom was found on Saturday. Officials had evaluated that there will be a shortage of 390 megawatts in the electricity production till the leakage is stopped. Following this, minister MM Mani reached Moolamattom to conduct a reality check.

This is the first official visit of M M Mani to Idukki after he assumed charge as the electricity minister.