In the year 1999, Karnataka embarked on a major reform of the power sector. As a first step, Karnataka Electricity Board (KEB) was dissolved and in its place, the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) was incorporated. This was followed by the constitution of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) in November 1999.

In the next phase of the reform process, the transmission and distribution business managed by KPTCL was unbundled in June 2002. Four new distribution companies were formed to distribute power in Karnataka.

Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company Limited (GESCOM) has taken over the responsibility from KPTCL for the distribution of electricity in 6 districts and commenced its operations from 1st June 2002. The company has successfully entered into 16th year of operation.

Number of Consumers for LT


Number of Consumers for HT


HT/LT Lines

Total length of existing as on 31st Jan 2018 is 57454.25 Kms and 85964.35 Kms respectively with a HT:LT ratio 1:1.50

District of GESCOM

Kalburgi, Bidar, Yadagir, Raichur, Bellary, Koppal

Accounting/Non Accounting Sections

Accounting Section                   –      27

Non-Accounting Section         –      218

No’s of  KV Stations

220KV Stations      –     14

110KV Stations       –     112

66KV Stations         –     22

33KV Stations         –     133

Distribution Transformer


Total number of 76.70% Transformers existing as on 31st January 2018, is 91471.

Transformer Failure Rate:

In order to provide constant and uninterrupted power supply, reducing the transformer failure rate is of great task. The distribution transformer failure rate during 2017-18 is 11.98%. Efforts are on to bring down the failure rates during the year 2017-18.

Transmission and Distribution Losses

The transmission and distribution losses for the year 2017-18 is 16.73%.


In order to ensure that the power sold is correctly accounted and also to enable the Company to claim correct subsidy from the Government, metering of all installations is of vital importance. This is also a mandatory requirement under the Electricity Act 2003. This will also help in assessing the commercial losses accurately.


During the FY 2017-18, up to January-2018, 13661 DC/MNR installations are metered.

BJ/KJ Installations:

During the Financial Year 2017-18, 1282 BJ/KJ installations were metered. Cumulative progress of metering of BJ/KJ installations achieved as at the end of Mar-2018 is 428358.

Electrification Works

  • 3975 villages, Harijan Basthis, Hamlets, in GESCOM jurisdiction have been electrified.
  • 822 drinking water supply schemes were energized during 2017-18.

Energisation of Drinking Water Supply Scheme

Top priority was accorded to service rural water supply scheme and 822 such schemes were energized during 2017-18.

Energisation of IP Sets

During 2017-18, 343568 (including 67951 Unauthorized IP sets) were serviced.

Vigilance Activities

Intensified vigilance is an effective guard for reducing commercial losses. In the year 2017-18, The work of Vigilance Wing has shown significant progress in terms of both the installations visited and the cases booked. The Vigilance Wing is headed by the Superintendent of Police, supported by the Deputy Superintendent of Police and other police officers and staff.

In order to curtail the theft of energy, the Vigilance Wing has inspected 182032 installations during the year. Out of this 14417 cognizable case and 5101 non-cognizable cases were booked. The demand for back billing charges raised was to the tune of Rs.3223.31 lacks out of which Rs.1257.77 has been collected. A compounding fee demand of Rs.3593.12 lakhs has been raised, of which Rs.1635.82 lakhs has been collected.