The city will continue to remain power starved next summer, as most of the power-generation projects that would have catered to the city's demand would miss the completion deadline.
Following a Supreme Court directive, the Delhi government has filed a detailed affidavit giving the status of each project. A bench headed by Justice DK Jain had, on September 13, ordered the government to file an affidavit giving reasons for the delay in the power-generation projects.
In the affidavit, filed by counsel Wasim Qadri, the government said its own 1500 mega watt Pragati-III project in Bawana got delayed due to the scarcity of skilled manpower in wake of the large scale construction activities during the Commonwealth Games 2010.
Also, unprecedented rains in August and September this year adversely affected the construction at the site. Delay in transportation of the machinery from Mundra part to the site due to restrictions imposed by the Gujarat government also held up the project commissioning, the government told the Supreme Court.
According to the affidavit, the first phase of the project would be commissioned in April 2011; the second in August 2011.
Even the 1500 MW coal-based station in Jhajjar would not meet its deadline and would become functional only in January 2012. The NTPC project got delayed due to the late supply of crucial parts required.
Delhi's long-term power purchase agreement with the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) is unlikely to bring relief as most of the units under DVC would fail to meet the completion deadline.
With one of its units operating, the Capital would now get 37.19 MW of power. It has also started to receive 980 MW power from the Dadri power plant that started functioning in January and July this year, according to schedule.