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BSES assures Delhi power crisis won’t be repeated

delhi Updated: Jul 03, 2009 00:39 IST
Avishek G Dastidar

At the end of the four-day deadline given by chief minister Sheila Dikshit to end the reign of long power cuts, private power distributing company (discom) BSES has given the Delhi government the assurance that it won’t happen again.

Listing the steps taken to make sure that the power supply scenario does not go out of hand again, the “Action Taken Report” submitted to the power department on Thursday claims the company is now ready with around 100 MW more power than what is necessary for the month of July.

Power secretary Rajendra Kumar has called a meeting of the discom officials on Friday to review the report.

While for July the amount of power the two BSES discoms —BYPL and BRPL — are supposed to be ready with is around 2700 MW, BSES has said that it was buying more power from Sikkim and Karnataka to make sure that it has more than that.

In terms of BSES Rajdhani, the biggest discom covering south, central and west Delhi, there is a shortfall of around 143 MW, which the company said would me made up.

“Through around 15 points on various areas of operation, the discom has given an account of their preparedness. We will take up the matter on Friday,” said a senior power department official who did not wish to be named.

The discom did not wish to speak on the report.

The discom has said that for July, it was prepared with a Monsoon Action Plan.
With local faults in the system being the main cause for concern, BSES has assured the government that it was adding eight more fault-locating vans to its ground network.

The discom, which has earlier been reluctant to give out a comprehensive load shedding schedule all this while, also said that it was drawing up a schedule wherein no area would face power cuts for more than one-two hours a day.

“Apart from that, they claim to have added 20 more call centre executives and 80 additional fault repair teams. We will review the whole thing,” said the official.

Thursday, with the rainy weather in place, the demand was 3783 MW with Delhi drawing somewhere between 400-500 Mw less than its share from the Northern Grid.

CISF cover on way out

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which has been guarding the installations of the power distribution installations in the Capital for years, is about to be withdrawn from such duty. Sources said the Delhi government had received communications from the Centre on this.
Earlier, the CISF — a paramilitary force — had asked to be relieved of this duty.