KPTCL - Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited

Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) is a registered company under the Companies Act, 1956 was incorporated on 28-7-1999 and is a company wholly owned by the Government of Karnataka with an authorised share capital of Rs. 1000 crores. KPTCL was formed on 1-8-1999 by carving out the Transmission and Distribution functions of the erstwhile Karnataka Electricity Board.

KPTCL is headed by a Chairman and Managing Director at the Corporate office. He is assisted by four functional Directors. The Board of KPTCL consists of a maximum of twelve directors.

Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited is mainly vested with the functions of Transmission and Distribution of power in the entire State of Karnataka. It operates under a license issued by Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission. KPTCL purchases power from Karnataka Power Corporation Limited, which generates and operates major power generating projects in the state consisting of Hydel. Thermal and other sources. KPTCL purchases power from KPC at the rate fixed by the State Govt. from time to time.

KPTCL also purchases power from Central Government owned generating stations like National Thermal Power Corporation, Neyvelli Lignite Corporation and the Atomic Power Stations at Kalpakkam and Kaiga. The approximate share of power from these generating stations is around 16%.

KPTCL serves nearly 146 lakh consumers of different categories spread all over the State covering an area of 1.92 lakh square kilometres. To transmit and distribute power in the State, it operates nearly 684 sub-stations, 28,000 Kms of transmission lines with voltages of 33 KV and above, nearly 1,30,000 Kms of 11 KV lines, 1,50,000 distribution transformers and 3,57,000 Kms of LT lines. One Rural Electric Co-operative Society is functioning in Hukkeri taluk, Belgaum district which purchases bulk power from KPTCL and redistributes it to the consumers within the taluk. To enable easier operation of the system, KPTCL has been divided into five zones, each headed by a Chief Engineer, fifteen Circles, each headed by a Superintending Engineer, fifty seven divisions, each headed by a Executive Engineer and over two hundred and seventy sub-divisions, each headed by a Assistant Executive Engineer. Maintenance of power supply and day to day functioning are being looked after by the above officers.

The annual turnover of the Organisation was nearly Rs. 4000 crores during the year 2000-01.

History of KPTCL

The erstwhile Mysore State had the enviable and glorious position of establishing the first major hydro-electric generating station at Shivasamudram as early as 1902 for commercial operation. The art at that time was still in its infancy, even in the advanced countries. The longest transmission line, at the highest voltage in the world, was constructed to meet the power needs of mining operations at Kolar Gold Fields

The generating capacity of the Shivasamudram Power House gradually increased to 42 MW in stages. To meet the increasing demand for power, the Shimsha Generating Station, with an installed capacity of 17.2 M.W, was commissioned in the year 1938. The power demand was ever on the increase, for industries and rural electrification, and additions to generating became imperative. The 1st stage of 48 MW and 2nd stage of 72 MW of the Mahatma Gandhi Hydro-Electric Station were commissioned during 1948 and 1952, respectively.

Subsequently, the Bhadra Project, with an installed capacity of 33.2 MW, and the Thungabhadra Left Bank Power House, with an installed capacity of 27 MW at Munirabad were commissioned during 1964 and 1965, respectively.

The State of Karnataka, with availability of cheap electric power, and other infrastructure facilities, was conducive for increased tempo of industrial activity. It became necessary therefore, to augment power generating capacity by harnessing the entire potential of the Sharavathi Valley. The first unit of 89.1 MW was commissioned in 1964 and completed in 1977.

The demand for power saw a phenomenal increase in the mid sixties and onwards with the setting up of many public sector and private industries in the State. As power generation in the State was entirely dependent on monsoon and was subject to its vagaries, the State Government set up a coal based power plant at Raichur. The present installed capacity of the power plant at Raichur is 1260 MWs.

To augment the energy resources of the State, the Kalinadi Project with an installed capacity of 810MW at Nagjhari Power House and 100 MW at Supa Dam Power House, with an energy potential of 4,112 Mkwh, were set up.

The transmission and distribution system in the State was under the control of the Government of Karnataka (then Mysore) till the year 1957. In the year 1957, Karnataka Electricity Board was formed and the private distribution companies were amalgamated with Karnataka Electricity Board.

Till the year 1986, KEB was a profit making organisation. However, in the subsequent years, like other State Electricity Boards in the country, KEB also started incurring losses, mainly due to the increase in agricultural consumption and due to the implementation of the socio economic policies of the Government, the performance of the power sector was affected.

To improve the performance of the power sector and in tune with the reforms initiated by Government of India, the Government of Karnataka came out with a general policy proposing fundamental and radical reforms in the power sector. Accordingly a bill, namely Karnataka Electricity Reforms Act was passed by the Karnataka Legislature. The Reform bill has mandated major restructuring of the Karnataka Electricity Board and its Corporatisation. As part of Corporatisation, the Karnataka Electricity Board ceased to exist and the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited to look after Transmission and Distribution in the State and VVNL (Visweshwaraiah Vidyuth Nigama Limited) to look after the generating stations under the control of erstwhile Karnataka Electricity Board were constituted from 01 August 1999.

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Hydro Electric Power Stations in Karnataka

Project NameRiverBasinDistrict
Almatti Hydroelectric ProjectKrishnaKrishna
Bhadra Hydroelectric ProjectBhadraKrishnaChickmagalur
Ghatprabha Hydroelectric ProjectGhataprabhaKrishnaBelgaum
Harangi Hydroelectric ProjectHrangi CnlCauveryKodagu
Kalinadi Hydroelectric ProjectKalinadiWest flowing rivers from Tapi to TadriUttara Kannada
Mallapur Hydroelectric ProjectTungbhdraKrishnaRaichur
Munirabad Hydroelectric ProjectTungabhadraKrishnaKoppal
Narayanpur Lbc Hydroelectric ProjectKrishnaKrishnaBijapur
Seshadhri Iyer (Sivasamudram) HydroelectricCauveryCauveryMandya
Sharavathy Valley Hydroelectric ProjectSharavathyWest flowing rivers from Tadri to KanyakumariShimoga, Uttar Kannada
Shivpur Hydroelectric ProjectTungabhadra KrishnaRaichur
Simshapura Hydroelectric projectCauveryCauveryMandya
Tungabhadra Hydroelectric Project TungabhadraKrishnaBellary
Varahi Hydroelectric ProjectVarahiWest flowing rivers from Tadri to KanyakumariRaichur, Udupi

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