Delhi might face power cuts in the coming week with discoms failing to pay their dues to power generating companies and Delhi Transco Limited.
A meeting to review the power situation was held on Wednesday wherein it was brought to the notice of chief minister Sheila Dikshit that discoms have defaulted on payment, which will affect the power situation of the city in the coming few days.
The meeting was attended by power minister Haroon Yusuf, principal secretary (power) Shakti Sinha, Lalit Jalan and chief executive officers of BRPL and BYPL.
According to sources, discom BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) owe R3,000 crore to the power generating companies and Transco and, despite repeated reminders, they have not made the payment.
“Discoms said that power tariff has not increased and they are not in a position to make payments. But if they don’t pay up even partially, power generation will be affected,” said a senior power department official.
Dikshit on Wednesday told BSES chairman Lalit Jalan that her government is not going to tolerate inefficiency and insensitivity of the company towards the consumers in the city, who have been going without power.
“Our government is deeply concerned over reported outages in various parts coming under the jurisdiction of BRPL and BYPL. The consumers are more interested in round-the-clock power supply than clarifications by BSES. They are facing hardships due to outages coupled with the scorching heat,” said Dikshit.
Dikshit directed them to eliminate outages and improve their response system. The chief minister also blamed the managerial slackness of BSES for the power cuts that the city has been witnessing.
“BSES has been asked to improve its efficiency, management and complaint redressal system. It has also been told to come out with the factual position as and when outages are there as the consumers have every right to know about the causes behind the outages and its expected duration. There is no dearth of power and the availability is more than demand,” added Dikshit.
According to the officials, Jalan gave an assurance that immediate action will be taken.