Kerala govt mulling power cuts

With southwest monsoon yet to gain momentum in Kerala, the state government is mulling power curbs within 10 days due to shortage of water in the reservoirs to produce hydroelectricity.

This comes a day after the Electricity Regulatory Committee (ERC) had recommended a tariff hike for domestic and industrial consumers by an overall 6.8 per cent.

Power Minister M.M Mani said load-shedding was likely to be imposed within 10 days.

"We will have to impose power curbs in the state within 10-15 days in case there is no change in the weather.

There is shortage of water in the reservoirs. The Electricity Board had made it clear," Mani told.

Also, he said the government was trying to pool electricity from outside the state.