To ensure uninterrupted power supply during the Commonwealth Games in 2010, cabinet secretary BK Chaturvedi has directed the Delhi government to put in place a financial incentive package for power companies.
He also urged greater use of CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) lamps, which consume less power than conventional lamps.
A meeting of the committee of secretaries (CoS) to discuss alternative sources of power to the capital held recently has decided to prepare a plan of action to provide additional power to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games.
Power secretary RV Shahi informed the meeting that during the 2010 Commonwealth Games the requirement of power was expected to go up to 5,200 MW. Shahi also said that “while arrangements have been made for 5,000 MW, a year-wise analysis showed that there would be a shortage of about 1,000 MW during 2009-10, because new demand would have overtaken the projections of power growth during the last few years.”
The current requirement of Delhi per day is about 3,900 MW.
According to notes available with the Hindustan Times, Shahi pointed to the cabinet secretary that, “in the short run, unallocated central reserve, improving transmission mechanism and enhanced bilateral power purchase agreements structured suitably with an appropriate incentives etc to improve supply proportion relative to contracted supply, could resolve the problem (of power shortage).”
The cabinet secretary has directed that the Union power secretary would submit to the cabinet secretariat the progress of power situation and the arrangements for the Commonwealth Games on a regular basis. Shahi has been asked to monitor all the concerned power projects.
R Narayanswami, chief secretary of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, informed that GNCTD will follow up the possibilities of additional bilateral arrangements for power supply on long term basis and have a suitable agreement structure to promote better compliance.