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Power crisis due to gas shortage: Delhi CM

This would also be mentioned in a reply to the Supreme Court, she said on Tuesday.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 22:57 IST

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has said that the poor availability of power in the city was due to shortage of gas needed for power generation.

This would also be mentioned in a reply to the Supreme Court, she said on Tuesday.

She said that the ambitious Pragati-II power plant with a capacity to generate 350 MW, to be set up before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, would become operational only if the government gets adequate gas supply.

Dikshit said that her government was planning to enter into contracts with major gas suppliers for supply of gas and has also approached the Centre help it get additional gas supply to fuel a new 350 MW power project before the Games.

She said Delhi was in a disadvantageous position as the state does not generate adequate power for its needs and rely solely on purchasing power from neighbouring states.

The Supreme Court had last week asked the Centre and the Delhi Government to explain the steps being taken by them to enhance power generation and supply to meet the increased demand during the peak summer in the Capital.

Meanwhile, the peak power demand in the capital rose to 3447 MW, but load-shedding reduced marginally to 271 MW.

"The peak power demand met on Tuesday was 3447 MW, but the situation was better than that of Monday," said a senior Transco official, also informing that the demand crossed 3500 MW on Monday night.

The peak power demand met on Monday was 3368 MW, while load-shedding of 281 MW was carried out by the electricity authorities.