Faced with widespread criticism over electricity shortages, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday asserted that Delhi would be power surplus by 2011-12 as the government was taking "bold initiative" for reforms.
Addressing the meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) in New Delhi, she said the "bold initiative" that her government has taken in power sector reforms by unbundling the state electricity entity has resulted in bringing down the transmission losses from 52 per cent in 2000 to 36 per cent in 2005.
It was expected to be brought down to 20 per cent in the next two years, she said.
"Given this encouraging scenario, Government of Delhi hopes that it will be in a position to attain the national target of 15 per cent AT&C losses by the end of the 11th Five Year Plan," Dikshit said.
She said various power plants dedicated to meet the requirements of Delhi were in various stages of execution. "As a result, we will be adding 8,288 MW of power thereby enhancing the power availability in the capital to 12,917 MW by 2011-12, which will make Delhi power surplus," she said.
With the Commonwealth Games to be held in 2010 in sight, Dikshit said her government's approach to the 11th Five Year Plan was towards 'Development with a Human Face and Making Delhi a Global City'.
She made a strong pitch for grant of statehood to Delhi to enable smooth progress of work to make it a `global city', saying multiplicity of authorities has become a bane of the citizens.