The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has sent notices to all three power distribution companies (discoms) — Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) — as well as Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) seeking reasons why the respective networks have not been properly maintained.
The discoms and DTL are expected to reply within “a week-10 days”. The showcause notice comes in the backdrop of the ongoing power crisis in the capital, which has been attributed to inadequate transmission/distribution infrastructure as well as the disruption of lines after the May 30 storm.
DERC chairman P D Sudhakar said, “We have sent a notice to the three discoms and DTL asking them why the networks were not maintained. We are expecting replies within a week to 10 days. Reasons (behind not maintaining the network) will be sought from them.”
A discom official confirmed the receipt of the notice and said a reply will be given to the DERC. An official of TPDDL said the sequence of events after the May 30 storm and how the onus of the crisis rests upon shortcomings on the part of DTL have been communicated to the DERC from time to time.
The already overstretched power situation in the capital has worsened due to the rising temperature and the storm that hit Delhi on May 30.
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A full-blown blame game broke out between the various agencies dealing with Delhi’s power supply. For instance, in a press release dated June 6, TPDDL said “Delhi Transco Limited, which is responsible for transmission of power to Delhi discoms, has once again failed to meet the power requirement of Delhi during peak summer season.”
According to Sudhakar, however, the discoms as well as DTL are responsible for the present crisis. “They (discoms) have to maintain and upgrade their respective networks to meet the requirements of their consumers. The transmission system has to be maintained by DTL. So, to that extent, the discoms are right to say that up to the transmission line, the DTL is responsible. But in the end, it is the collective responsibility of DTL and discoms.”
According to Sudhakar, the long-term solution lies in maintaining the network properly. “At the same time, addition to the network — such as an alternate line — could not be made by DTL. We will assess their replies and figure out whether it has been due to lack of adequate capital investment or some other reasons,” Sudhakar said.