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Delhi govt lambasts discoms for outages

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 22, 2013
First Published: 21:23 IST(22/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:31 IST(23/5/2013)

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In the wake of complaints of power cuts from across the city, the Delhi government on Wednesday lambasted power distribution companies for carrying out load shedding despite having surplus power. The department has asked the discoms to improve power supply urgently.

Power secretary Shakti Sinha held a meeting with top officials of the three discoms on Wednesday.

Officials said Delhi has more power than the current demand and blamed the long outages on local faults and other technical problems in the distribution network.

"Power discoms, particularly BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL), have been told to pull up their socks and rectify the local faults immediately as long power cuts have been reported in areas where these two companies function," said a senior Delhi government official.

Meanwhile, the scorching heat pushed the power demand in the city to over 4,955 MW on Wednesday, the highest of the year.

Also, complaints of outages continued even as the officials met. In west Delhi, Dwarka and Nangloi were the worst hit with outages lasting up to three hours. In east, areas such as Krishna Nagar, Seelampur, Welcome Colony and Mayur Vihar saw brief outages. In north, complaints came in from Pitampura, Model Town, Rana Pratap Bagh and Old Gupta Colony. South Delhi was also not spared with areas including Safdarjung Enclave, IIT Gate, Arjun Nagar and Greater Kailash complaining of power cuts.

Officials said the government would not tolerate any load shedding. Various areas across the city have been facing power cuts for up to 5 hours primarily due to breakdown of the distribution network when the demand goes up, they said.


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