NTPC told to supply full quota of power, discoms to buy at higher rates

Oct 12 2011, 09:11 IST
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SummaryThe city government has requested NTPC to ensure that it supplies its full quota of power to Delhi, while also directing all discoms to try and procure power from the open market even if it is at higher rates.

The city government has requested NTPC to ensure that it supplies its full quota of power to Delhi, while also directing all discoms to try and procure power from the open market even if it is at higher rates.

The power situation in the Capital continues to be grim, with officials estimating a shortfall of about 1,100 Megawatts on Tuesday. Delhi’s current demand fluctuates between 3,200 MW to 3,700 MW.

Several areas across the city continued to face outages for up to three hours with East and North Delhi being the worst hit. Power generation has been severely hampered in plants like NTPC’s Dadri I and II, Singrauli, Farakka, Singrauli and Kahalgoan. Also, the Badarpur Thermal Power Station continue to function at less than its installed capacity due to water shortage since the temporary closure of the Agra canal.

Delhi’s power minister Harun Yusuf had blamed Uttar Pradesh for resorting to overdrawal from the northern grid beyond the permissible level and said the city government would write to the Union Power Ministry to intervene in the matter.

He said UP was overdrawing in the range of 1,100 to 2,000 MW and that was forcing the city to undertake load shedding.

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