The Delhi government has prepared a summer action plan for power supply, aiming to address infrastructure-related issues in the season of peak demand and breakdowns. Power will be restored on three sets of 14 towers on an alternative line called emergency restoration towers — in Ballabgarh, Harsh Vihar and Mandola. These lines had come up after the Northern Grid failure of 2012.
Help has been taken from Central Electricity Authority to get towers in time as the government believes that with the summer season round the corner, floating its own tenders, that will take many months, is not a good idea. The Power department is borrowing a tower from Punjab where a tower-acquisition tender is at an advanced stage.
Officials said the state’s power distribution companies are also taking additional measures such as putting in place control rooms in all circles. Power outages are being captured real time, officials said, and reports are being prepared for every outage that lasts more than an hour.
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Steps are also being taken to ensure streetlights work at 100 per cent, a senior official said.
The department has N1 feeder lines which take over the supply burden in case the existing line fails. There is provision for N2 which will back up for N1 failures.
The department admits that not much has been done regarding transmission maintenance, even though many power outages occur due to the archaic towers that were supposed to be replaced. “There are transmission and distribution lines that sag due to peak load. We need to ensure that we inform the public in advance about the power supply stoppage for maintaining these lines if required,” an official said.
The government has also written to the Union ministry of petroleum to supply gas to Bawana gas plant so that it could be made operational. The plant has been lying in disuse since it came up in 2010.