Construction activities being carried out ahead of the Commonwealth Games is leading to power outages in many parts of the city.
Sources said a number of underground cables of discoms have been cut or damaged by various civic agencies while digging roads for various projects. This in turn results in power cuts in many parts of the city, especially South and West Delhi.
Between March and May, there have been over 100 such instances in which underground cables of discom BSES Rajdanhi Power Limited’s (BRPL) were damaged, affecting power supply in some areas. The discoms, BRPL and BYPL, have now written to the Delhi government asking them to intervene in the matter.
“We want them to issue directions to the agencies involved to coordinate with its officials for the safety of cables and other equipment,” added a discom official.
“The cost of repair of these underground cables damaged by various civic agencies during March and May alone has cost BSES around Rs 1.38 crore,” said a senior official requesting anonymity.
The discoms have also written letters to the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to compensate them for the losses. The civic bodies, however, claimed they were not aware of any such issue.
“We are yet to receive a letter from the discoms. Once we do, we will look into the matter,” said MCD commissioner K.S. Mehra.
According to discom officials, the damages caused to the underground cables not only result in outages but it can also present a risk to life and property, as many of these are high-tension cables.