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Powerless in Delhi

Powerhouse gives up due to govt apathy, south Delhi worst hit.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 18:40 IST

The seat of power continues to suffer from a shortage of power. On Monday, load-shedding in the range of 400 to 500 MW caused a blackout in large parts of the Capital.

The problem was acute in south, east and west Delhi areas which went without power for six-seven hours. Other areas experienced intermittent cuts every few minutes.

The Delhi Transco’s excuse: a 210-MW unit of the Badarpur Thermal Power Station (BTPS) tripped because of leakage in a generator. Things worsened after a unit of the Pragati power plant was shut down for a couple of hours following oil leakage in a steam turbine.

Senior BTPS officials, however, blamed the Delhi Transco and inefficient generation at Delhi's own plants. “We’ve shut one unit of our plant for planned maintenance and it’ll take a minimum of 45 days before the unit is re-commissioned,” said RN Sen, GM, BTPS. “The plant was to be shut down for maintenance in March but we’ve been postponing it following a request from Delhi Transco.”

Sen said the Delhi Transco had cited the dismal power situation and forced the BTPS to postpone the shutdown. “But now the condition of the unit has deteriorated to such an extent that it’s not fit for running for even a single day,” he said.