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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Goyal meets L-G, Delhi govt official over power crisis

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 10, 2014
First Published: 10:22 IST(10/6/2014) | Last Updated: 10:48 IST(10/6/2014)

Union power minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday called an emergency meeting with lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi government officials to discuss the power crisis that has hit the Capital amid the hottest summer in decades.

The L-G ordered on Sunday cutting power to shopping malls after 10pm, switching off street lights and turning off air conditioning in government offices, after the highest temperatures in 62 years forced the city to take emergency measures to conserve power.

"Preliminary inquiry into Delhi power crisis shows they have problems with transmission and distribution which needs to be rectified," Goel was quoted as saying by news channels.

"Unfortunate that Congress and AAP by protesting are only exposing their own failures," he said.

Aam Aadmi Party MLAs on Tuesday staged a protest outside Union health minister Harsh Vardhan's house in east Delhi demanding urgent steps by the Centre to improve electricity supply in the city.

"BJP is in power at the Centre and Vardhan is a Union minister as well as Delhi BJP president. It is the responsibility of the ruling party at the Centre to address the problem of power supply in Delhi. That is why we have come here," Manish Sisodia, who led the AAP MLAs to Vardhan's house, told reporters.

He said 22 AAP legislators came to Vardhan's residence and submitted a memorandum to his personal staff.

Former AAP ministers Satyendra Jain, Somnath Bharti, Girish Soni and Saurav Bhardwaj were among the AAP MLAs who held a protest.

The AAP MLAs came at around 8.30am, held a symbolic protest, submitted the memorandum and left after a while.

Delhi has been reeling under long power cuts ranging from one to six hours for over a week after a devastating storm severely damaged major power transmission lines across the city.

Congress as well as AAP have been targeting BJP for the power cuts, saying the Central government cannot escape responsibility.

Vardhan later rejected the criticism, saying Congress and AAP should share the responsibility for the power situation in the city.

"Congress was in power for 15 years. The AAP was in power for 49 days. They are to be blamed for the situation not the BJP as our party has not come to power in Delhi yet," Vardhan said.

The power situation had further deteriorated on Monday as a number of power transmission lines maintained by Delhi Transco Ltd (DTL), a Delhi government utility, had tripped.

The DTL is yet to repair all the transmission lines damaged by the devastating storm on May 30.

Congress MLAs and ex-MLAs had held a protest on Monday at the Delhi Secretariat by locking the chief secretary in his room for over one-and-a-half hours demanding improvement in the power situation.

(With PTI inputs)


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