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.