Setting an ambitious target for tiding over Delhi’s power crisis, Union power and coal minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday promised to make the National Capital “free of power cuts” within two years.
Assuring that “invertors and diesel generators will soon become history”, the minister stated that the people of Delhi will face lesser power cuts in the coming summer.
“Even though I am not the power minister of Delhi, I have taken it on myself, as the country’s power minister, to make sure that Delhi receives surplus power supply,” Goyal told HT when prodded about the power situation in Delhi.
Goyal said his ministry had put in place short, medium and long-term mechanisms to ensure ample power for Delhi.
“While the short-term measures (to infuse funds in Delhi’s transmission and distribution networks) will ensure that the next summer in Delhi is better than other years, the medium-term measures (which is the two-year plan to make Delhi free from power cuts) will ensure that the transmission and distribution system of Delhi stands strong and even if there is a grid collapse, power supply is not affected,” Goyal said.
An unprecedented storm in Delhi last May had led to massive blackouts across the national capital and NCR, leaving millions of people without electricity in the scorching summer heat.
Goyal said the concern in Delhi is not so much on “power generation” as much as putting power into Delhi and making sure that the power is transmitted across the state to meet the fast and rapidly expanding needs of the capital.
“Delhi witnessed a record peak demand of 6000 MW last summer... huge problems were faced over getting power into Delhi because of the weak transmission network and the distribution systems at the...we had inherited burnt out and terribly under-rated transformers as a result of which we saw the grid almost collapsing,” he said.