On a voting day when many residents in Okhla’s ward number 102S turned up at polling booths to exercise their franchise for a change, a resident of Nai Basti said since 6 pm there is no power in the locality.
And as summer peaks, residents fear that situation in Okhla could deteriorate. However, the discoms have girded up to meet summer peak demand.
“In BRPL area of South and West Delhi, the peak power demand had reached 2669MW last year. This year, it is expected to touch around 2800 MW. In BYPL’ area of East and Central Delhi, the peak power demand had reached 1493 MW last year. This year, it is expected to touch around 1600 MW. Arrangements have been firmed up by BRPL and BYPL to source adequate power to meet the peak power demand of its over 38.8 lakh consumers during the ensuing summer months,” said the spokesperson.
“Arrangements include long term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and banking arrangements with other states. BRPL will be getting around 200 MW of power through banking arrangements and BYPL around 170 MW. In case of unforeseen contingencies because of low generation and outages of power plants, the discoms will purchase short-term power from the exchange,” said the BSES spokesperson.
“The various measures taken are preventive maintenance, a large part of which is already over and the rest will be completed before the onset of summer, strengthening of ‘call the centre’, load balancing at the sub stations, deployment of additional manpower, setting up of dedicated team for monitoring of complaints etc. We have also invested substantial resources to strengthen the network. A large part of the distribution schemes, which were considered necessary to further strengthen the distribution system have already been completed. This has made the distribution network more robust for taking the additional power load during summer months,” he added.
In Abul Fazal Enclave, in many parts new transformers have been parked.