Delhi CM blames poor infrastructure of BSES for power cuts

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday slammed two BSES discoms for long outages in Delhi.

Updated: Jun 04, 2013, 21:43 PM IST

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday slammed two BSES discoms for long outages in the city and said the power cuts are taking place due to poor distribution infrastructure and not because of gap in demand and supply.

"We have made available adequate power. There is no gap in demand and supply. The power cuts are taking place in areas served by BSES discoms due to their poor distribution network," Dikshit said.

The Chief Minister has called a meeting with the CEO of Reliance Infrastructure which runs BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd.

"Top officials of these two companies had in February told me that there will be no power cuts more than 10 minutes during the summer. But see what is happening now. We will not tolerate this," Dikshit said.

As the city has been facing power cuts ranging for upto 10 hours, opposition BJP has been stepping up attack on Dikshit for the long outages.

The two BSES discoms supply power in 70 per cent areas in the city. Officials said no complaint of long power cuts have been reported from areas where power is supplied by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.

Last month, Dikshit had written a letter to Chairman of Reliance Infrastructure Anil Ambani asking him to take steps to "rectify" the problem and ensure round-the-clock power supply in the city.

In the letter, she had also sought payment of dues to the tune of Rs 3,337 crore by BSES discoms to two Delhi government-run power generation and transmission companies.

Asked about the discoms` claim of their poor financial condition, Dikshit said she was only concerned about the long power cuts and the companies will have to improve supply immediately.

"I am not bothered about their financial condition. My only point is that the government will not tolerate long outages as we have adequate supply of power," she said.

Ten days back, the Chief Minister had warned BRPL and BYPL of punitive action if they fail to improve power supply immediately despite adequate availability of electricity.

Power Secretary Shakti Sinha said the city has more power than the current demand and blamed the long outages on local faults and other technical problems in the distribution network of BSES discoms.