The Supreme Court on Thursday took strong exception to the lighting of Delhi stadiums at night saying “it is a sheer waste of power”.
Hearing a petition on power crisis in the Capital, a bench headed by justice DK Jain observed that the glittering stadiums showed how energy was being wasted even as the city suffers from a power crunch every year.
“Energy saved is energy produced,” the bench told joint secretary, power department, K Ahuja, who had made an appearance on the court’s direction. The bench also asked him to verify his facts, when Ahuja claimed that the lights at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in south Delhi were “normally switched off at night”.
“It is not the money factor, which bothers us, but this way you are wasting power. And all this when many residents do not get electricity in their homes,” the bench said, adding, “Look at the street lights. Sometimes they are switched on as early as five in the evening and kept on till 8 in the morning.”
The court said it would now focus on conserving power in the Capital. So far, the bench has supervised the production and sharing of power between Delhi government and other states. It said that the Damodar Valley project would start supplying power to Delhi by mid 2011.
Asking Ahuja to initiate power saving measures in the city, the bench directed the government to file an affidavit giving details of it’s plans on tapping solar energy.
The court has also asked whether projections for power demand in the city had been made keeping the amended master plan in mind. It also wants the facts and figures regarding the consumption of power by different categories of consumers in Delhi.