Relief from load shedding?

Smriti Kak Ramachandran

NEW DELHI: With the Capital's power distribution companies getting into power procurement from this coming April 1, the city may finally get some relief from load shedding this summer. The State-run Delhi Transco has asked the discoms to ensure that consumers who pay for their electricity are not put to inconvenience caused by power cuts.

Distribution companies NDPL, BRPL and BYPL, which get power at subsidised rates from Delhi Transco, will buy power from the generating units through the power procurement group and distribute it across the city from April 1. The discoms have been asked to rely on distribution transformer metering (DT Metering) instead of cutting power supply at the feeder level. "At places that have both theft and non-theft areas, care should be taken to ensure that people who pay for the electricity do not have to face power cuts," said Rakesh Mehta, Principal Secretary (Power) and Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Delhi Transco.

Mr. Mehta said the discoms had been asked to switch to DT metering and zero in on theft-prone areas with more accuracy.

At present there are more than 4,000 theft-prone areas in the city including Najafgarh, Sultanpuri and some resettlement colonies.

Taking note of the general uproar over protracted power cuts across the city, DTL has asked the discoms to focus on areas that record theft of above 80 per cent.

Meanwhile, following cases of violence against power discoms' staff, the Union Home Ministry has agreed to provide three companies of the Central Industrial Security Force to each of the three discoms from April 1. The Delhi Government had sought deployment of CISF companies to help the discoms curb power theft.

"The cost of deployment of the company would be met by the discoms and this would include providing residential accommodation to the personnel and payment for deployment of the entire company," said a DTL official.