Centre may not hike delhis power quota

New Delhi, April 29 | Updated: Apr 29 2006, 05:30am hrs
The power ministry is unlikely to allocate additional power to Delhi from the unallocated quota of central power generating stations (CPGS) in the northern region. This could deal a blow to the state government, which is facing severe power crunch just as the summer has begun.

Currently, the total power available to the Delhi government is 2,500 mw and Delhites are reeling under the shortage of about 600 mw.The Delhi government had requested for increasing its share of power from 23% to 35% from the unallocated quota of CPGS in the northern region.

Officials confirmed that the power ministry is ready to provide additional power supplies from other sources including the liquid fuel based generation of National Thermal Power Cooperation.

The ministry has, however, agreed to look into another request made by the Delhi government on enhancing the share of power from the Tala hydel project by another 200mw and bring it to 400 mw. The matter, officials said, was being looked at by the ministry in co-ordination with the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the technical wing of the power ministry.

They said this arrangement could offer some succour to the power starved state. But, as of now, the situation is on dire straits, with the northern grid on the brink of collapse.

To this effect, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has alerted all the state governments, sourcing power from the northern grid, to keep tabs on their power drawals.

According to Transco officials, the BSES area alone witnessed load shedding of nearly 4 hours, as power distribution in the area was down by 400 mw oon Friday.