With Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung ordering that power supply to malls be cut after 10 pm, a majority of malls in the capital are resorting to use of diesel generator sets post the cut-off time.
While a few mall owners are planning to bear the extra cost themselves or pay for it under the head of corporate social responsibility, some said the extra cost will be passed on to customers.
Dinaz Madhukar, mall head and vice president (Marketing), DLF Promenade Mall, said, “All retail stores here close between 9 pm and 10 pm. Post that, the mall is open just for two categories — cinema and restaurants. The restaurants and DT Cinemas are enclosed areas and, hence, do not consume much electricity. At night, the heat load is reduced. More than diesel generators, we rely on gas ones as they are more cost-effective and less taxing on the environment. Diesel sets are used when the gas supply stops.”
Yogiraj Arora, director of Select Citywalk Mall said his mall will support the cause “in the larger interest”.
According to Vijay Aima, vice president of Ambiance Mall, the difference in price between diesel-generated electricity and government-generated power — Rs 6 -7 per unit – will be borne by the mall.
“It is being done (by the mall management) in the larger public interest. We will bear the cost under CSR.”
Extra costs and fuel consumption aside, questions are being raised as to how much power the city will save by the L-G’s decision.
According to a mall official, his mall in Saket consumes about 38,000 units of electricity per day during summer. “But post 10 pm, this usage falls to 20 per cent of that figure – about 600 units per hour. This is because the central cooling is switched off and the mall runs on emergency lighting,” he said.
Benu Sehgal, vice president (mall management) DLF said what was needed was a permanent solution. “The malls do not have water either. Domestic sector and retail go hand in hand and depriving one of resources to meet the requirement of the other is not the appropriate approach. Dependence on diesel will mean higher maintenance charges, which a mall will transfer to retailers who will in turn recover it from the customer. We need a permanent solution,” Sehgal said.
No ebb in heat wave, mercury stays above 45°C
New Delhi: The heat wave in Delhi continued for a fourth consecutive day on Monday with the Palam Met observatory recording a maximum temperature of 47.6 degree Celsius, 0.2 degrees less than the record peak of 47.8 degrees on Sunday. At the Safdarjung observatory, the maximum temperature rose by 0.5 degrees, to 45.5 degree Celsius on Monday.
The effect of the heat wave was compounded as large parts of the city continued to face long power outages owing to the damages the power transmission network sustained in the thunderstorm on May 30.
The BSES discoms — BSES Yamuna and BSES Rajdhani —put out a supply roster on their website — http://www.bsesdelhi.com — announcing 2-3 hours of rotational load shedding in all areas of East, West, South and Central Delhi.