Power minister Satyendra Jain has told distribution companies that there should be no load-shedding this summer and if Delhi faces the need to selectively cut supplies, it should not be limited to slums and all areas must take turns.
Jain issued a direction to the CEOs of the three discoms — Tata Power Delhi Distribution, BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna — following reports of power cuts in some parts of the city, especially in slums. “A serious view will be taken by the department in case the discoms resort to unreasonable excuses for load-shedding,” a government official said.
If the discoms have “valid and justifiable reasons” for load-shedding, then “it should be ensured that … the shortage does not exceed one hour at a stretch and should be strictly on rotational basis in different areas and not only in slums and jhuggi-jhopdi clusters,” the minister said.
“Discoms should ensure that consumer helpline numbers are active and these should be adequately reinforced to meet additional calls received from consumers,” the power department said.
The government has also asked the discoms to “present contingency plans for rotational load-shedding at different levels of shortage” so that they can be effectively implemented.
Reacting to the government order on power cuts, the discoms said that they are “fully geared up” to cater to the high peak demand up to 6500 MW.
Reliance, the owners of BSES, said they have taken several measures including strengthening of their call centre facility for speedy redressal of power supply issues, completion of preventive maintenance before the peak demand takes over, besides setting up of dedicated team for monitoring of complaints.
“Arrangements have been firmed up to source adequate power to meet the peak demand from over 34 lakhs consumers during the coming summer months. These arrangements include long-term PPAs and banking arrangements with other states,” the BSES official said.
Tata-owned TPDDL said besides focusing on the technical aspect of catering to the high demand, the discom has made elaborate arrangements. “We have communicated to all the stake holders, especially the transmission company, to ensure that there are no outages. We will work together and ensure the city will see uninteruptted power supply,” the TPDDL official said.