Be ready for long hour power cut this summer
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Okhla Times News Service/Okhla
Come April and June power will not be available for long hours in Delhi, including Okhla. Residents will sweat as power distribution companies will be short of 400-471 MW on daily basis. This has been confirmed by Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta. Fretting over the power situation, he dashed a letter off to the Union power ministry last week: “It is unfortunate that Delhi Discoms NDPL and BSES, which had made advance arrangements … for uninterrupted power supply, are going to witness a huge shortfall.”
The situation is grim and needs urgent attention. To fill the void Delhi needs extra 300 MW supply on daily basis during the summer months. It would be interesting to see whether the power ministry could allocate additional supply of electricity to Delhi. Power demand during the April-September is expected to peak and touch 5,100-5,200 MW. According to senior officials, delays in the commissioning of power projects have led to such a situation. The huge shortages can only be addressed by making Delhi a power-surplus state.
The delay in availability of power from the DVC plants at Chandrapura, Mejia, Koderma and Durgapur has further created more problems for the government. It is understood that things may only improve from August when commissioning of all the projects, especially the Bawana and Aravali power plants will begin, according to Delhi government official.
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