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No let up in power crisis in Delhi

Power crisis continues to haunt the capital even as Badarpur power station started functioning on Sunday.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 17:15 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Despite promises by the Delhi government, power crisis continues to haunt the capital even as Badarpur power station started functioning on Sunday.

"The power problem still persists in the capital but residents can take heart that the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) run Badarpur Power station has started generating energy," said a top power department official.

"The plant, which was shut for quite some time due to maintenance, is back in action. We have started getting power and by Tuesday forenoon, we expect to get 210 MW of power from the station. We also hope that as per our agreement, Delhi will soon receive 300 MW of power from Orissa," the official added.

However, he confessed that almost all the parts of Delhi are facing over three hours of power cut everyday. Delhi is facing a shortage of over 400 MW of power daily.

Meanwhile, the Power Grid Corporation linked the energy starved northern grid with eastern and western grid of the country on Saturday to facilitate more power flow to the region. The development is expected to help Delhi.

"The development will help Delhi to get the promised 500 MW power from gas based Kawas power plant in Gujarat in the near future," said a spokesperson of Delhi Transco, the power procuring body of Delhi government.

In the run-up to the Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi government has clinched a deal with the Haryana government for setting up a 1,500 MW coal-based power plant with equity participation of both state governments and the state-owned power major NTPC Ltd.

In addition to the tie-up with Haryana, Delhi had also signed a power purchase agreement with the Damodar Valley Corporation for 2,500 MW power by 2012, with 100 MW power supply expected to commence from December 2006, followed by another 230 MW from November 2007 and 170 MW by December 2009.

However, residents are bearing the brunt of oppressive heat and long hours of blackouts day after day.

"The crisis simply refuses to go away and the government has nothing to offer at hand. Who has seen 2010 and does the government want to tell the residents to suffer for three more years before getting power?" asked Rajesh Ahalawat, an east-Delhi resident.

First Published: Aug 28, 2006 17:15 IST