As Delhi continues to reel under load-shedding, Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today assured chief minister Sheila Dikshit of uninterrupted power supply to the city during festive season.
Shinde gave the assurance when Dikshit called on him, seeking supply of full quota of power from central sector generation plants of NTPC which has been curtailed due to shortage of coal. “The power minister assured uninterrupted power supply to Delhi during festive season,” she said.
Meanwhile, various areas of the city continued to face power cuts in the range of one to three hours, although the situation has improved marginally since Thursday.
Dikshit said Shinde assured her of all possible steps to provide adequate power supply to the city but it may take few days before the situation returns to normal. “He said that gradual improvement in coal stock has improved generation of power at various plants,” she said.
The chief minister also told Shinde that the situation had become more difficult due to overdrawing of power by neighbouring Uttar Pradesh from the Northern Grid. Dikshit also sought allocation of gas for the 1,500 MW capacity gas-based power plant in Bawana.