Bangalore, Nov 6 (UNI) Karnataka Energy Minister K S Eshwarappa today said the state government in its efforts to tide over the acute power shortage has decided to purchase 10 million units of power a day at the cost of Rs nine crore per day from various sources for the next one and a half months.
Mr Eshwarappa told reporters here that the government on a pilot base would take up the programme and spend about Rs 400 crore for the purchase of power from November 14 to December end.
''This would help farmers and students to give six hours of three phase and six hours of single phase supply of power with the timing of supply being made known to the consumers in rural areas,'' he said.
The fixed hours of power supply will be tried out on a pilot base in the months of November and December and subsequently it will be extended to the coming months on its successful operation, he said.
He also said the state government has taken up a pilot based project called -Niranthara Jyothi, to provide 24 hour power supply to non-agriculture customers at Malur in Kolar district.
The project would be inaugurated on November nine, he said.
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