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Rail blockade blacks out Bangalore

Disruption to coal transport by rail due to industrial agitation has triggered load shedding in Bangalore and other cities in the state of Karnataka in India.

Energy minister Shobha Krandlaje said coal stocks would only last for another 12 days making further blackouts inevitable unless industrial agitation ends in the Telangana region. Most cities in Karnataka are reported to be experiencing about two hours of unscheduled outages.

The state government aims to buy power from outside sources to curb the power shortfall, said the minister.

“We will invite tenders for the purchase of 500 MW. The process for the purchase of about 300 MW has already started,” she said.

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