Kerala Secretariat illuminated for Onam festival.

Kerala Secretariat illuminated for Onam festival.

As the Power Minister A. K Balan is touring Austria, Denmark and Germany to study about demand side management, Kerala government is practicing inefficiency back home.

Dozens of diesel/kerosene generators will churn out green house gases and generate costly electricity to power the illumination of the city for the Onam festival. As the State is facing worsening power cut, no electricity will be provided from the State grid. In the past, the practice was to do away with illumination during the festival.

Trivandrum City Corporation building illuminated for Onam

Trivandrum City Corporation building illuminated for Onam

However, business interests have prevailed and they have even promised sponsor the illumination. No, surprise because of the quantum of business brought in by Onam is only growing year after year.

If the State Electricity Board wanted, it could have routed more efficiently produced thermal power from other States for the businesses (which it is already doing for the industries). But the Board and government probably thought that it would be difficult to convince the public of the logic when the people are facing load shedding.

The power cut and load shedding in the State are the result of both the failure of monsoon and mismanagement. Though the reservoir of the Sabarigiri project is now nearly full, the Government is unable to use it as only two of the six generators of the 300 MW is functional. The powerhouse is under renovation and the work, which was to be completed in 2007, is nowhere near completion. Water is going waste elsewhere as generators are under maintenance.

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