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Power cuts back in Delhi, AAP govt again pushes for damages from discoms

Sporadic power cuts were reported from several parts of Delhi on Monday when the demand peaked and temperatures hovered above 44ºC. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has promised to take action on Tuesday.

delhi Updated: Jun 06, 2017 15:36 IST
Sweta Goswami
Sweta Goswami
Hindustan Times
Delhi news,Delhi heat,Delhi power demand
Large parts of the city faced power outages ranging from one to six hours extending into Monday night.(HT FILE)

As power cuts return to haunt Delhiites in peak summer season, the Delhi government has decided to once again push discoms to compensate consumers against unscheduled power cuts.

Large parts of the city faced power outages on Monday ranging from one to six hours extending into night. Sweating it out in the heat with no electricity to cool them down, scores of residents took to social media to vent their anger.

Responding to the complaints deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday that the government will send the proposal for compensation for unscheduled power cuts to lieutenant governor Anil Baijal. He also said that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet Baijal on Wednesday and discuss the matter.

The proposal was mooted last year too, but it was struck down by the Delhi High Court as it lacked approval from the L-G. “Last year we had made a proposal to compensate consumers if they face unscheduled power cuts for more than two hours. The CM has directed power department officials to prepare the proposal again and send it to the L-G today itself. The CM will discuss this matter with the L-G tomorrow to clear any doubts he may have,” deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia told reporters.

The CM held a review meeting with the power minister and power department officials. The CM directed the concerned departments to put up hoardings with complaint numbers of all the three discoms, besides directing the discoms to increase capacity to handle public complaints.

“The residents will be informed about scheduled power cuts via SMS in advance,” Sisodia said.

Areas that suffered blackouts on Monday include Patparganj, Chhatarpur, Uttam Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, New Ashok Nagar, Pachim Vihar, Karol Bagh, Tagore Garden, Sangam Vihar, Seelampur, Chandni Chowk, Anand Parbat, Jahangirpuri, Majnu Ka Tila, Burari, Azadpur and Karkardooma. Some of these areas faced outages of up to six hours or more.

In total, there were at least 200 areas that faced power cuts on Monday and the intervening night between Monday and Tuesday, sources in the power department said.

“Power went off around midnight and it did not come for the next four hours. I do not know how Delhi will be a world class city if basic services like electricity is so poor,” said Rajni Saxena, a resident of Patparganj.

Some posh south Delhi colonies like South Extension, Defence Colony, Nizamuddin, Vasant Vihar, East of Kailash and Jungpura too were affected.

With the heat wave continuing in the city, Delhi’s power demand continued to shoot up with consumption being over 6000MW even at midnight on Tuesday. However, the city is expected to get some relief from the heat as the weather department has predicted thunder showers by the evening.

First Published: Jun 06, 2017 12:01 IST