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Delhi to continue reeling under severe power crisis

india Updated: Aug 04, 2006 00:01 IST

The capital will continue to reel under severe power crisis for the next few months as its distribution system is faulty and inefficient, a senior official said in New Delhi on Thursday.

"Even if the Delhi government puts up a 500 MW new power plant in and around Delhi, it would be extremely difficult to meet the peak power requirement due to its inefficient power distribution system," said VS Verma, member (planning) of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

On an average the power shortage in the capital is 300 MW for the peak period and efforts were on to curtail it but these efforts would succeed provided the distribution network absorbs capacities for power transmission, he added.

"It is a paradox that during the lean period when the power requirement of Delhi is not much, it exports power to neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and even Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

He was speaking at a seminar organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) on Software Solutions for Power Utilities.

He pointed out that CEA was facing the problem of limited choices for fuels for power generation, as India is ill equipped for power inputs.

Delhi continued to reel under power outages on Thursday due to a shortfall of 340 MW of electricity.

The maximum demand was around 3,500 MW out of which 3,160 MW was met with rotational loadshedding, an official spokesperson said.

There was normal power generation in all those power stations which were affected on Wednesday. However, the Naptha Jhakri power plant in Himachal Pradesh is still not functioning due to high silt levels, he said.

There was a power generation of only 1,000 MW out of 2,000 MW at two units of the Rihand plant on Wednesday, which resulted in loss of supply of around 140 MW power to Delhi.

A power plant at Rajghat was also affected, which stopped generation of 55 MW power for three to four hours.