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Home News Power Sector News BSES fudged June 2009 outage figures by 50% - Committee

BSES fudged June 2009 outage figures by 50% - Committee

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DERCThe independent committee set up by DERC to ascertain the actual quantum of loadshedding by BSES Rajdhani that led to a crisis situation in June has made startling revelations. It now appears that discom BSES Rajdhani which was even penalized by Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) for the long outages in June has, in fact, been blatantly hiding information on the quantum of power it shed in that particular month. The discom had claimed it shed 24 million units (mu) power, which is less by as much as 50%.

According to the report by a six-member committee, including top officials from Power Grid Corporation (PGCIL), National Informatics Centre (NIC), State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC) and DERC, the loadshedding quantum in June declared by BSES Rajdhani was only 52% of the original figure. Experts say the actual loadshedding figure for June was about 50mu and not 24mu as claimed by BSES Rajdhani. Further, the report said the discom's SCADA system was very poorly maintained with a dismal 37% accuracy level. Power experts said if BSES Rajdhani was not maintaining equipment properly, the regulator could even reduce the 16% return on investment the fixed rate of return the company gets.

The committee, during investigation, found that it could not verify loadshedding data of June submitted by BRPL with data available on SCADA because the discom could not make the SCADA information available to the committee in a readable manner. It was also found that BRPL used manual efforts to record loadshedding and this led to several discrepancies. With SCADA data unavailable, the committee picked up loadshedding reports directly from consumers, sample locations were identified and instances of loadshedding in south and southwest Delhi as per consumers were compared with loadshedding data provided by BRPL. The committee realised BRPL had grossly played down the actual loadshedding figures.

The commission is going to hold a public meeting this month and has sought an explanation from BRPL on why they were hiding the actual figures. A reply from the utility is still awaited.

Delhiites were subjected to over 10-hour-long outages in the hot month of June which led to a massive public outcry. DERC had slapped a penalty of Rs 1.68 crore on the discom and Rs 1 lakh on the then CEO Arun Kanchan.

Source- Times Of India

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