Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said the Commonwealth Games would be “the biggest sporting extravaganza ever witnessed in this part of the world” and would be showcased as a “green” event.

She was speaking at a ceremony organised to dedicate a 66/11-KV Grid sub-station constructed at the Commonwealth Games Village here to provide uninterrupted power supply for the event. The Rs.40-crore sub-station has been constructed by the power distribution company BYPL in a record time of 13 months.

Ms. Dikshit said every activity associated with the Games was a testimonial to their being “green”: “With the use of fly-ash bricks for construction of the grid, water-harvesting and 30 per cent of its area having green cover, I am happy to note that this grid is not only Delhi's first green grid but also reflects the ‘green' spirit of the Games.”

The water harvesting system has been designed with expertise from The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) and has a capacity to harvest 14,000 litres of rainwater.

The Chief Minister said a dual source has been arranged for this power grid to overcome situations of any breakdown and ensure uninterrupted power supply in the Games Village and nearby localities.

Reiterating that there would be no shortage of power during the Games as tie-ups have been made to meet the expected demand, she said Delhi is going to start its own power generation after a decade or so. She expressed confidence that the Games would prove to be a “memorable event and will be able to showcase Delhi as a developed, historic, modern and vibrant city”.

The grid, it was stated, would cater exclusively to the electricity needs of the Commonwealth Games Village complex. It would be Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition-compatible and remotely operated from the Central Control Room at Balaji Estate in Kalkaji, thereby leading to faster resolution to breakdowns and complaints.

“To ensure uninterrupted power supply and to take care of any unforeseen eventuality, this 66/11-KV Grid sub-station conforms to the stringent international benchmarks, including N-1 criterion. As a result, it has two 25 MVA transformers -- one primary and the other a back-up. Even if the primary transformer fails for some reason, the back-up transformer will immediately take over and ensure continuance of uninterrupted power supply,” said BYPL officials in a statement.

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