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No shortage of power in capital: Delhi govt

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 22:19

New Delhi: Long outages may have been
affecting people across the city but the Delhi government
on Wednesday insisted that availability of power was more than the
requirement and there was no load shedding.

"There was no shortage of power in the city. We have
made available more power than the actual requirement," Delhi
Power Minister Harun Yusuf said.
Areas across the city faced power cuts ranging from
one to seven hours in the last two weeks on account of gap in
demand and supply.

Several areas in East and West Delhi faced power cuts
for upto three hours today as peak power demand rose to 4,622
mega watt from yesterday`s 4,157 MW.

The Minister said the government had entered into
arrangements with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
and Damodar Valley Corporation to meet the rising demand
during the summer season.

"We have successfully managed to meet the demands with
available sources such as power from Delhi`s own generation
stations, Central quota and power from Jammu and Kashmir,
Himachal Pradesh, Chatisgargh," he said.

The power demand on May 18 had touched 4,823 mega
watt, breaking all previous records of power requirement in
the city.
"There was no scheduled load shedding on account of
non-availability of power since last week," he said.

Yusuf said availability of power from Central sector
generation stations is 2,912 MW while Delhi gets 535 MW
through bilateral arrangements with various states. Power
generation from Delhi`s own plants varies from 1,172 MW to
1250 MW.

The power minister said the peak demand is expected to
touch 5,100 MW in the coming months while arrangements have
been made for power to the tune of 5300 MW.

"I do not think there will be any shortage of power in
coming months," he said.

Yusuf said with privatisation of power distribution,
the AT and C losses have come down to almost 14 per cent from
57 per cent.

He also said that Delhi Transco Limited is
strengthening existing transmission network in South Delhi and
a 220 KV transmission station will commissioned soon.

With the commissioning of the 220 KV station, the
power supply in South Delhi would improve further.


First Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 22:19
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