Delhi reels under power cuts, CM pulls up discoms
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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.


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

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