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CM says power, water situation not so bad in Delhi

Amid continued problems on account of power failures and water scarcity in Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today sought to assert the situation was not as bad as was being projected and that all efforts were being made to improve the conditions.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2003 10:54 IST

Amid continued problems on account of power failures and water scarcity in Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday sought to assert the situation was not as bad as was being projected and that all efforts were being made to improve the conditions.

Dikshit told a press conference here that Delhi had "surplus" power and was even selling part of it to some "needy" states during "non-peak" period and that the situation was not too bad on water front also.

She, however, said bad supply system for power and leakage of water did not allow optimal utilisation of the two essential items.

"There is no denying the fact that there are problems on power front. But the problems are not due to availability of electricity but the supply system which is very old and battered," Dikshit said.

She said her government had projected the peak time power demand to be 3700 MW and had already purchsed 3900 MW. "But the system is not equipped to take this much load resulting in burning of cables and transformers," she said.

The Chief Minister said the supply system needed to be overhauled fast and work in this direction was on. "We in fact privatised the power supply system as the change was not as fast as required," she said and expressed confidence that the private companies would complete the process soon.

First Published: Jun 10, 2003 10:54 IST