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Updated: May 27, 2013 09:50 IST

Sheila pulls up discoms for ongoing power cuts

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A file picture of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
A file picture of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

With the Capital experiencing long power cuts, especially in parts of West Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit held a meeting with representatives of various distribution companies and expressed her dissatisfaction over the ongoing outages. Ms. Dikshit met the CEOs of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited and BSES Yamuna Power Limited and the Director of Delhi Transco Limited on Sunday.

Noting that the availability of power was in surplus of between 500 MW and 800 MW, she said the outages were primarily due to lack of coordination and swift monitoring and callousness of the discoms and DTL. She warned them to improve their ways fast or face action and exhorted them to remain alert and responsive. Ms. Dikshit said that the government is drawing flak from customers due to the laxity of the discoms and DTL.

For better coordination between the stakeholders, Ms. Dikshit directed them to conduct joint inspections regularly and it was decided that the Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary will regularly review the situation every Tuesday and Friday. The discoms and DTL have also been asked to submit daily comprehensive reports to the government, set up an effective complaint registration mechanism and ensure that complaints do not remain unattended during the summer season.

To ensure uninterrupted power supply to Mohan Garden, Om Vihar and Sewak Park, it was also decided at the meeting that a 25 MVA transformer will be commissioned at Hastsal by June 7 to facilitate provision of more feeders for Mohan Garden and a 25 MVA transformer would be commissioned at Matiala by June 30. This would also facilitate in removing the imbalance in Papannkalan I and Papannkala II grid stations prior to coming up of two grid stations of 220 kV each at Peeragarhi and Wazirpur.

The work on the commissioning of the two grid stations would be expedited.

The government has also taken a decision to expedite land acquisition for a 66 kV grid station at Mohan Garden.

Meanwhile, the power distribution company BSES announced on Sunday that it has made certain arrangements to source adequate power to meet the peak power demand of its consumers during the ensuing summer month. Stating that preparations for ensuring adequate power supply include long term Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) and other banking arrangements, a BSES personnel said: “Though BSES is fully geared up to meet the city’s power demand, at times, our efforts are constrained due to certain factors, many of which are beyond our control.”

BSES has opened up many complaint lines to attend to calls from consumers regarding electricity supply-related issues.

Consumers can call BSES round-the-clock complaint centres at 39999707 (BRPL) or 39999808 (BYPL).

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