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While Tuesday saw a marked improvement in the power situation in the city,the Capital’s power demand reached a new high at 4,337 MW at 4 pm,despite light showers continuing to bring succour to the city.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
July 1, 2009 5:49:00 am

While Tuesday saw a marked improvement in the power situation in the city,the Capital’s power demand reached a new high at 4,337 MW at 4 pm,despite light showers continuing to bring succour to the city. Residents,however,breathed a sigh of relief as the duration and severity of powercuts decreased considerably compared to the past week.

Meanwhile,seven years after BSES took over the job of supplying electricity in the city and promised power supply of the highest standards,the company was on Tuesday pulled up and directed to revive its failing infrastructure.

The discom has been facing severe criticism from consumers and the state government for failing to ensure proper electricity supply for most of last week,triggering street protests in many parts of the city.

Tuesday’s high power demand also makes Delhi the second highest power consuming state in North India after Uttar Pradesh,which has a power demand of close to 7,000 MW.

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“Delhi’s power demand has increased by 3.8 per cent from June 24 to June 30. In the wake of the unprecedented power situation,BSES is leaving no stone unturned to arrange for additional electricity — whatever the cost”,said a BSES official.

On Tuesday,company chairman Lalit Jalan was directed by the CM to submit an action plan in “black and white” detailing how the company plans to bring its system back on track within the next fortnight.

In response,Jalan has said the company been successfully meeting the city’s power demand in its licensed area. “In the last seven years,BSES has incurred a capital expenditure of Rs 3,790 crore to Rs 2,270 crore in BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and Rs 1,520 crore in BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL). Both discoms have infused a lot of synergy in their distribution networks.”

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“In the next two years,BSES will incur a capital expenditure of Rs 1,325 crore,” Jalan added

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First published on: 01-07-2009 at 05:49:00 am

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