Delhi reels under power cuts, CM pulls up discoms

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 20:39

New Delhi: With several areas in the city
reeling under long outages, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
Tuesday directed the power distribution companies to pull up
their socks and ensure uninterrupted power supply.

In a meeting with chief executive officers of all the
three private discoms, Dikshit said the city has enough power
to meet the rising demand and government would not take the
loadshedding "lightly".

The discoms, on their part, informed that outages are
taking place because of local faults and shut down of several
transmission lines to facilitate works related to Commonwealth
Games.

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

Meanwhile, sweltering heat conditions coupled with
power cuts continued to make life miserable for Delhiites.
Several areas in south and east Delhi reported string of power
cuts ranging from two to four hours.

The power demand in the city yesterday touched an
all-time high of 4,668 mega watt. The previous highest power
requirement in the city was recorded on May 24 this year at
4,581 mega watt.

With the rise in demand, almost all areas in
the city have been facing power cuts in the range of one to
four hours.

The maximum demand today was recorded at 4,536 MW at
4:04 pm while the minimum demand was 3,383 at 8:15 am.

Dikshit instructed the discoms to submit a list of
unattended local fault complaints which exceeded more than two
hours.

The meeting called to review the power situation in
the city was also attended by Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta,
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister P K Tripathi besides top
officials of the power department.

The Chief Minister also directed the discoms to ensure
proper functioning of all call centres by appointing senior
executives and putting extra telephone lines.

She further directed them to make special arrangements
to respond to local fault complaints during night time.

She told the discoms to make arrangements so that
nodal officer of any area could be contacted by the customers.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 20:39

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