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Delhi Government fails to deliver on promise of more power

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Sheila DikshitSeveral areas of Delhi continued to face major outages every day even as the government claimed that it had sufficient power to meet the summer demand. Officials said the load sheddings were due to frequent line tripping caused by overdrawing from the northern grid. However, Delhiites will not have the advantage of additional power that had been promised this summer as work on four plants has been delayed.

Even though the Delhi government claims the state has adequate power tied up to meet its demand, it turns out that Delhi had overdrawn power from the northern grid to meet its electricity shortage as the temperature rose sharply over the last week. The state has overdrawn more than its share of power every day between April 15 and 18, contributing to grid chaos.

According to power secretary Rajendra Kumar, chief minister Sheila Dikshit has written to the Union power minister to intervene in the matter and ask neighbouring states to stop overdrawing. "Delhi has surplus power at present even though the peak demand has gone up by 15-17% over the past few years and there is an extra consumption of about 20% since 2009. However, with other states overdrawing, of late there have been several trippings due to low frequency. This has to stop immediately as it may lead to grid collapse," he said.

Significantly, power supply in Delhi remains a cause of concern as the state is gearing up to host the Commonwealth Games in October. Delhi’s power demand is projected to rise sharply during the forthcoming event.

In such a scenario, extra power would have definitely helped. But Kumar said the first unit of the Bawana plant that should have been completed by March-end will now be ready by the end of July. The 1,500 MW Jhajjar plant which will provide Delhi with 750 MW of power will be completed only by the end of November as against its July deadline.

Similarly, the second unit of Dadri Phase-II will be available by July-end as will 108 MW power from the NDPL plant that has been delayed from June to July-end.

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court earlier this year, the Delhi government said there was a surplus of 98 mw power in Delhi as on Febuary 17, 2010. The capital will have 692 mw of surplus power during 2010-11 and 681 mw in 2011-12.

According to the statistics available with Delhi Transco, the state overdrew as much 473 mw from the grid to meet its peak power shortfall on April 16.

Meanwhile, several parts of south Delhi faced long hours of outages. The Badarpur-Okhla line tripped for about an hour in the afternoon, while the shutdown of Maharani Bagh-Lodhi Road line due to Barapulla Nullah construction has been extended from April 9 to April 28.

"Power has been going off intermittently all day. First, there was a breakdown at night and then again in the morning, afternoon and evening. Power went off for about a couple of hours each time," said Monu Chadha, a resident of Jungpura.

Source - Times of India

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