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City to face power crisis

Be prepared for long hours of power cuts this summer. For, the Delhi power distribution companies will face 400-471 MW of daily shortage between April and June.

delhi Updated: Mar 26, 2011 00:21 IST
Anupama Airy

Be prepared for long hours of power cuts this summer. For, the Delhi power distribution companies will face 400-471 MW of daily shortage between April and June.

Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta wrote to the Union power ministry on March 18: "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."

He also requested the power ministry to rescue Delhi by allocating 300 MW additional supply daily during the summer months.

According to the Delhi government's projections, the peak demand during the April-September period is expected to be 5,100-5,200 MW.

But delays in the commissioning of power projects - that are supposed to make Delhi a power-surplus state - will lead to huge shortages.

A senior Delhi government official said that the major reason for this deficit is the delay in availability of power from the DVC plants at Chandrapura, Mejia, Koderma and Durgapur.

"Owing to the delay in commissioning of the DVC plants, Aravali and Bawana power projects, the availability in Delhi will come down and lead to a shortage of 400-471 MW during the peak day hours from April to July," he said.

Power availability to the discoms will, however, improve from August with the commissioning of all the projects, especially the Bawana and Aravali power plants.