Delhi govt says no power shortage, CM pulls up discoms

With several areas reeling under long outages and severe water shortage, CM Sheila Dikshit directed discoms and DJB to pull up their socks and ensure uninterrupted supply to residents.

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

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

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

"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.