Seethathodu: With reservoirs in Kerala running dry, the state government is forced to buy electricity from outside. It is feared that the move is likely to bring financial constraints to a cash-strapped government.
Currently, the electricity consumption in Kerala per day stands at 69 to 75 million units. Of this, 50-56 million units are bought in from outside.
On Monday, 10.369 million units of electricity was produced in the state. This is much less than the 29.97 million units produced during the same time last year. Meanwhile, the production is likely to decrease due to water running out in dams across the state. As it stands, only 30% of water remains in the reservoirs due to a shortage in rainfall, which can produce up to 1236 million units of electricity.
The cost of electricity produced by hydroelectric power stations is much lesser than others.