15 min power cut to continue on Friday, says KSEB

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Thiruvananthapuram: KSEB chairman B Ashok said that the 15-minute power cut imposed in the state would continue on Friday. He added that load shedding will be maximum avoided by buying 250MW electricity for Rs 20 per unit.

Till May 31, KSEB will incur an additional loss of Rs 50 crore by buying electricity at a higher price per unit. He added that the current crisis in Kerala is due to the ongoing coal crisis in India. Hence, the electricity supply from the national grid to Kerala was reduced by 400MW.

KSEB examined that fall in electricity supply will hit the state on May 3. Therefore, the restrictions would likely follow on the same day. KSEB chairman requested consumers to cooperate and switch off lights to save electricity.

Currently, the board has received permission to buy electricity at Rs 12 per unit. However, KSEB decided to increase it to Rs 20 per unit in the wake of the coal shortage.

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