Delhi govt says no power shortage, CM pulls up discoms
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Last Updated: Monday, May 16, 2011, 00:21
New Delhi: With several areas reeling under long outages and severe water shortage, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday directed discoms and DJB to pull up their socks and ensure uninterrupted supply to residents sweating it out in the searing heat.

In an emergency meeting to review supply of power and water, Dikshit insisted that the city has surplus power and told the three power discoms to take all necessary measures immediately to ensure un-interrupted supply of electricity in all the areas.

The chief minister told the discoms that there should not be any power cuts as the city has more power than the current demand and directed them to rectify local faults immediately and strengthen the distribution network.

"Discoms have been categorically told that there is no shortage of power in Delhi and in fact the city has surplus power as it has been under-drawing power from the National Grid," an official, who attended the meeting, said.

The discoms were also told to improve functioning of their complaint centres.

Meanwhile, protests took place in several ares of West Delhi over shortage of power and water in the capital which simmered at 42.6 degree celsius. A number of areas across the city faced power cuts ranging from one hour to three hours.

"There was no power in our locality for almost three hours," said Amit Goel, a resident of Janakpuri in West Delhi.

In the meeting, Dikshit told top Delhi Jal Board officials to make arrangements to ensure equitable distribution of water in all areas of the city, besides deploying ample number of water tankers in those localities which are not covered by DJB's supply of water through pipeline.

The DJB and discoms have been told to come out with advertisements in local media underlining the need for conservation and judicious consumption of water and electricity.

The advertisements will also have telephone numbers of all complaint centres and senior officers.

Asking discoms to attend to incidents of local faults swiftly, Dikshit told their CEOs to take effective steps to address the problem and warned that any casual attitude in attending such complaints will not at all be tolerated.

The Chief Minister instructed the discoms to provide back up power supply to the Delhi Jal Board so that supply of water does not get affected due to power cuts.

The maximum demand today was recorded at 4,071 MW while the minimum demand was 2,840 MW. With the rise in demand, almost all areas in the city have been facing power cuts in the range of one to three hours for last few days.

Today's meeting was attended by Power Minister Haroon Yusuf, Vice-Chairman of DJB Mateen Ahmad, Chief Secretary PK Tripathi, CEO of DJB Ramesh Negi, CEOs of all the discoms, besides top officials of power department.

Power department officials said in the meeting that the average peak power demand form May 9 to May 14 was 4,421 MW against availability of 4637 MW which is much higher than the demand.

"The peak demand on 14th May was 4241 MW against availability of 4672 MW while on May 12 the availability of power was 4661MW against demand of 4568 MW.

"It indicates that there is enough supply of power to meet the peak demand," they said.

"The discoms were told about un-scheduled power cuts taking place due to technical faults in the distribution network.

"Discoms have been told in plain words to rectify the local technical faults and reduce the response time to bare minimum in addressing the problems.

"They were told to deploy senior officers to monitor functioning of complaint centres," said the officials.


First Published: Monday, May 16, 2011, 00:21

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