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As power cuts continue, Delhi govt asks discoms to get act together

Kejriwal said his government has given policy directions to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), adding that unscheduled power cuts have to be fixed within two hours.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 22, 2016 2:54 am
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Even as parts of Delhi reeled under punishing power cuts Saturday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government will crack the whip and pull up power companies if they fail to resolve issues that lead to power outages. He also said consumers who face power cuts longer than two hours will be compensated.

Kejriwal said his government has given policy directions to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), adding that unscheduled power cuts have to be fixed within two hours. “If that doesn’t happen, the people in that area must be compensated,” the CM added.

Power Minister Satyendar Jain said although Delhi’s peak power load was at an all-time high of 6188 MW, there was no shortage of power supply and discoms have the capacity to meet higher demand. The power cuts, he said, have been due to ‘local-level faults’ and shortcomings in maintenance.

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“Over the last 14-15 years, private discoms have either not spent enough on maintenance or have not carried out good quality maintenance checks. There should not be such a high number of complaints. We have asked power companies to put together quick response teams to redress the complaints,” said Jain.

He added that power companies have been asked to double the staff strength at their call centres and follow up on the complaints even after they have been resolved. “We will take the strictest action against discoms failing to provide power,” said Jain.
He added that Kejriwal will hold a meeting with representatives of all discoms — BRPL, BYPL and Tata Power — on May 24 to discuss these issues.

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    Chandra Shekar
    May 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    it is a shame that well qualified and supposedly decent politicians( like Dr.Harshvardan) resort to cheap politics. It is evident that despite hurdles put up by the Centre( using undemocratic means) that the Delhi Government, ably supervised my Manish Sisodia and others, have brought about a change for the better. Instead of urging other states (run by BJP) to emulate the good work, they see it fit to criticise. Well, the people will have the choice to either stay with AAP or vote some other party.lt;br/gt; I don't live in Delhi but I am sure if people in other states get a government as clean and efficient, their lives will be better. People of Punjab and Goa have a chance to make that change and i sincerely hope they do......
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      Asma
      May 21, 2016 at 12:15 pm
      Developed India style ?!! Power Cuts are only 'Made in India' though !!
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        Aditya Misra
        May 21, 2016 at 9:51 am
        As long as people keep stealing power through unauthorized tapping, shortfalls will always happen. lt;br/gt;Raids are needed and jail time for power thieves. We pay 5000 every month for power and yet we are facing hours of power cuts in 45 degrees temperature. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This is the capital, what hope is there for the rest of the country?
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        1. Ashutosh Shukla
          May 21, 2016 at 9:21 am
          Mr Kejriwal- how about recovery of unpaid bills- robbing of electricity- usage of power by government. Who will compensate and from where- why more power is not generated.lt;br/gt;Better start odd even -odd days poor will get electricity and even days rich will get power uninterrupted.lt;br/gt;We have a CM who does only drama- give us statistics on ow much generated and where consumed. For Gods sake plant more trees.lt;br/gt;What do you think
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            Ashutosh
            May 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm
            New order of Delhi Govt......lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"लंगड़ा आम" lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;दिल्ली में तभी बिकेगा lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;जब वो अपना विकलांग प्रमाण पत्र साथ लाएगा।
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