The Centre has passed an order seeking immediate release of gas supplies to power plants so that they can generate additional electricity. The government has also directed the power companies to speed up repair of power lines, which got damaged in the thunderstorm that struck the city on May 30. Official sources said that the damaged lines will not be restored before 10-12 days.
The generation of additional power is also unlikely to end the woes of Delhiites at a time when the temperature in the capital is touching new heights. The Centre said that the grid network of Delhi is old and outdated and it cannot absorb the amount of power needed to meet the city?s rising demand. Minister of state for power, coal and new and renewable energy Piyush Goyal on Tuesday held a two-hour emergency meeting with lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and senior officials to hold discussion over this issue.
Talking to reporters, after the meeting, the minister said there was no shortage of power that could be made available to Delhi but the “inadequate” transmission system of Delhi would be unable to absorb it. “Clearly, Delhi’s power grid, as it stands today, is outdated, needs augmentation and modernisation and may repeatedly have outages and tripping problems,” he said.