Chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said even a miniscule hike of up to 1-2% in power tariff in the city is met with heavy criticism from all quarters vis-a-vis substantial increase in NCR towns.
Dikshit’s comments came just a day after the public hearing to determine power tariff in the city concluded wherein political parties and RWAs came down heavily on the power discoms’ proposal for a hike.
Dikshit drew attention to the fact that there has been no adverse reaction when Noida’s power rates went up by 40% and it still reels under seven to eight hours of long power cuts.
“Even in Gurgaon, people have to rely on generators to ensure power supply, which costs them at least Rs. 15 per unit. We don’t want such a situation for the city. But due to non-availability of gas, we have not been able to start our Bawana plant and so the only alternative available to us is solar. Our government will soon come up with a solar policy,” said Dikshit while inaugurating 345 KW capacity roof-top solar energy facility on Wednesday.
BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) has started generating 345 KW of solar energy by installing 1,257 solar panels on the roof tops of eight BYPL offices, including seven grid stations and two car parks. “The demand for air conditioners has increased but the demand for generators has come down. Hence, while consumption has increased, we are trying to provide electricity to consumers to ensure they don’t face any problem. But at the same time we need to balance it. We need to do install solar panels and the energy generated will go directly into the grid,” she added.
On the occasion of world environment day, the project costing Rs. 3.6 crore and part funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Delhi Government Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre, was dedicated to the city. The remaining money has been invested by BYPL. “The cost of per unit of solar energy is around Rs. 8-10. This will help save around Rs. 50 lakh in power purchase costs annually,”said Ramesh Narayanan, BYPL CEO.