Fearing long hours of power cuts in the summers, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday sought to bridge the projected shortage by asking for an additional 500 MW power from Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
Shinde assured Dikshit that the Power Ministry will explore all possible means to meet the power demand of the Capital, including making available an additional 500 MW.
As water shortage is a perennial problem in the summers, Dikshit also demanded release of 300 cusecs of raw water for the Sonia Vihar Water Treatment Plant from Tehri Hydro Project. The plant is presently producing around 60 MGD of treated water though its installed capacity is 140 MGD.
Apart from Dikshit, the delegation from the Capital comprised of Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf, Chief Secretary R. Narayanaswami and Principal Secretary (Power), Rakesh Mehta.
For release of more water, the CM bargained hard with the Power Ministry. She said Delhi was getting only 100 cusecs out of 300 agreed for. “The Tehri Dam project was techno-economically cleared by Central Electricity Authority at the meeting held on August 12, 1988.
"At the time of the appraisal and clearance of the project, the CEA considered all relevant factors and specifically made the clearance subject to the agreement of the UP Government to reserve 300 cusecs of water for meeting the drinking water requirements of Delhi," she said.
At that time, the UP Government had agreed to this condition. However, Delhi is yet to receive the promised quantity from UP. The Centre told the Delhi delegation that it would talk to UP for the release of water before the summers.
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