With the approach of the summer months and to deal with the high demand for power which the city faces in the hot season, an action plan has been drawn up by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-headed Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC), an advisory body of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.
Power minister Satyendra Jain has directed discoms to ensure that there is no power cut and overloading during the peak summer months this year after he and DDC vice chairman Ashish Khetan held a meeting which went on till late last night to draw up a summer action plan.
The meeting saw discussions on public grievance redressal and online billing and also the revenue and expenditure details on the website of discoms. It was also decided to write to the Centre for providing cheaper power to Delhi from the un-allocated power under central quota.
Representatives of the discoms were present for the meeting, in which they were asked to certify that they have made adequate arrangements for proper power supply in summer.
According to the government, discoms have assured that they would comply with the directions of the government. However, DDC suggested that the discoms should anticipate the worst-case scenario and make a plan for dealing with it, which it should also share with the government.
Meanwhile, in an indirect attack, the government also questioned power distribution company BSES “for not utilising” their full quota of MW from Saasan power plant, which is run by their sister concern.
“Saasan plant is running at 1000MW instead of 3100MW installed capacity at present. It was decided that BSES discoms should make all out efforts to ensure that Saasan power plant runs at its full load so that Delhi gets its full quota of cheaper power,” Delhi government said in a statement.
“It was decided that the provisions of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) be studied for penalising Saasan for not generating at its full present available capacity.
“DDC pointed out that since Reliance Infra has reduced its stake holding in BSES Yamuna and BSES Rajdhani companies, the distribution companies were asked to submit a detailed report in this regard,” the government said.It also stated that in case of a power crisis like last year, the government has asked discoms to publicise the load shedding routine in newspaper and on their websites.
The government also suggested a plan for having rotational load-shedding, which should not continue for more than an hour in any locality. Discoms should also coordinate with MLAs in this regard, it said.
Jain instructed discoms to depute a senior level nodal officer with each MLA for redressal of grievances.
He also suggested that at least a deputy secretary-level officer from the power department should be deputed in the chief minister’s office for three days a week for redressal of grievances.
“All power distribution companies will submit arrangements made by them with Principal Secretary (power) by the end of this month,” said a senior official, adding that it was decided that the billing details and slab-wise revenue collection and expenditure information will be made public on the website of discoms.