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MAY 27 2013

Sheila Dikshit steps in, summons CEOs of discoms over power cuts

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Mon 27th MAY 2013

With areas across the city reeling under severe power cuts in sweltering heat, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today warned two private power distribution companies of punitive action if they fail to improve supply immediately despite adequate availability of electricity.

Dikshit summoned Chief Executive Officers of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd to her residence and strictly told them to rectify problems in their supply network urgently as long power cuts have been reported in areas where these two companies supply power, officials said.

The Chief Minister also warned Delhi Transco Ltd (DTL), the Delhi Government entity that maintains all major transmission network in the city, to improve maintenance of its network as a number of major transmission lines, maintained by it had tripped in the last four days causing long power cuts in various areas.

Residents in West Delhi had to face outages for upto 10 hours on Friday due to tripping of a major line in Pappankala.

Power Secretary Shakti Sinha, who was also present in the meeting, said the city has more power than the current demand and blamed the long outages on local faults and other technical problems in the distribution network.

Areas across the city have been facing power cuts for upto six hours in the last few days when maximum temperature has been hovering around 45 degree Celsius, despite government's claim of ensuring round-the-clock power supply.

The BSES discoms supply power in 70 per cent areas of the city while Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) distributes power in around 25 per cent areas while New Delhi Municipal Corporation supplies power in Lutyens Bungalow Zone.

Officials said government has not received any complaint of power cuts in areas served by TPDDL and NDMC.

"The city has surplus power in the range of 500 to 800 MW. So, henceforth, we will not tolerate any power cuts. The discoms and DTL have to improve their coordination to avoid power cuts," Dikshit told the meeting while slamming both the BSES discoms and DTL for not showing "sensitivity" towards the problems being faced by people.

The Chief Minister directed Chief Secretary D M Spolia and the Power Secretary to review the situation on every Tuesday and Friday.

The discoms and DTL have been asked to submit a daily comprehensive report to the government.

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