Thursday, 13 October 2011

Essential services adversely affected in Delhi due to power load shedding


In a letter written to the Central Energy Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, BJP Delhi Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta has demanded that he should ensure sufficient supply of power to Delhi from the national grid otherwise Delhi will be paralyzed due to failure of the essential public services. Water supply in Delhi has also being affected due to power shortage. Even the DTC buses are not coming out of the deports due to it. Delhi Metro Rail services have also been curtailed due to shortage of power.

Shri Gupta told that the Central and Delhi Congress Governments are not supplying sufficient power to about 1.5 crore people of Delhi for the last 10 days. Delhi Government is holding the neighbouring states responsible for shortage of power. Now the Chief Minister has requested the Central Government to intervene in the matter. The role of DERC is of a mute spectator whereas DERC can directly intervene in this case. The role of the DERC is not only to increase power tariff in Delhi.

Due to load shedding, the booster pumps of the people living on higher floors are not working. They are craving for even a glass of water. The main pipeline of DJB in Jal Vihar is not working. Wazirabad WTP, Haiderpur WTP and all the WTPs of Delhi are not working to its capacity. Due to this there is acute shortage of water in Gopalpur, Jagatpur, Mukherji Nagar, Azadpur, Jahangirpuri, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar, Vishnu Garden, Tagore Garden, Hari Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Tihar Village, Maya Enclave, Janakpuri, Ashok Nagar, Ramesh Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Bali Nagar, Basai Darapur, Sudarshan Park, Sarai Kale Khan, I.P. Extention, Kasturba Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Mehrauli, Chhatarpur, Malviya Nagar, Saket, Vasant Kunj, Ambedkar Nagar, Sonia Vihar, Nizamuddin, Jangpura, Bhogal, Mubarakpur, Lodhi Colony, Defence Colony, Jal Vihar Colony, Kotala Mubarakpur and dozens of other areas.

Due to shortage of power, the CNG stations are not working to their capacity in filling gas in the vehicles. The cluster bus service has also been adversely affected. These buses get gas from Ambedkar Nagar depot. But the depot is not filling gas in the buses due to power failure. About 70 buses are not plying due to it. All the 70 CNG stations of DTC are adversely affected. The effect of power failure is also being seen on the industry and trade of Delhi. The traders are facing great problems because Diwali shopping has been badly affected.

Shri Gupta told that Delhi Government cannot escape responsibility by holding the UP Government responsible for it because only 3500mw power is given to the UP from northern grid which has population of 20 crore people. UP has to do with it. The population of Delhi is only 1.5 crore and arrangements have been made for 5000mw power. Yet there is undeclared load shedding. Even the Coal Minister is also issuing false statements. Coal Ministry is supplying wet coal to Delhi due to which the quality of power is affected. If the problem of power is not solved immediately then the water treatment plants will stop working. If street light fails crime will increase. During the Commonwealth Games, Government had promised that Delhi will get 2000mw power from the gas based power plants being constructed by it. Not a single power plant has been completed as yet.

Shri Gupta has demanded the Central Energy Minister that by exercising his influence he should give special status to Delhi and arrange additional power because Delhi is the capital of India. If power supply fails here then the credit of the country is affected. If power failure continues in Delhi and lines trip again and again and frequency fluctuates then power equipments may become defective. Shri Gupta has demanded Shri Shinde that he should fix additional quota for Delhi so that the capital may not face shortage of power in future.

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