Distcoms asked to prepare solar energy generation pilot projects

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New Delhi, Jun 11 (UNI) Delhi Power Minister A K Walia today asked all three Distcoms to prepare their action plan for Solar Energy Generation Pilot Projects in their respective areas.

Speaking to the media after chairing a weekly power review meeting in his office at Delhi Secretariat, Dr Walia said Distcoms have been asked to prepare Solar Energy Generation Pilot Projects to augment generation within Delhi and promote non-conventional energy sources.

It was decided in the meeting that Distcoms would generate Solar energy by installing appliances on rooftops. NDPL will prepare a pilot project for generation of Solar Energy on rooftop of Chhatrasal Stadium, BYPL on Delhi Secretariat, whereas BRPL on NSIT, Dwarka.

It was further decided to initiate this generation from the rooftops of Delhi Government buildings so that generation could be started at the earliest.

The meeting, which evaluated the progress of the ongoing amnesty Scheme, further decided to extend it for a month, that is till July 11.

At the meeting, attended by Power Secretary and other senior officials of the Department, CEOs of Distcoms and senior officers of Delhi Transco Limited, it was also decided to start reflection of waived arrears pertaining to pre-Distcom period in electricity bills.

Dr Walia said an amount of Rs 2,738 crore had been waived off, which relates to arrears pertaining to the pre-Distcom period.

The waived off amount would be reflected in electricity bills from next month onwards. It was categorically made clear that Rs 2,738 crore is not at all being transferred to Distcoms, but being waived off by the government to directly benefit the consumers, who are being harassed to pay old arrears.

Dr Walia described this as a major relief for the consumers.

The Minister announced that the Amnesty Scheme had been extended for a month which would now remain open upto July 11. This decision was taken in view of an encouraging response to the scheme.

It was disclosed in the meeting that in all 13,508 cases under the ongoing Amnesty Scheme had been settled.

An estimated 2,862 new meters had been installed in JJ clusters by those consumers, who were being charged lump-sump monthly as they were not having metered connection.

Further, 13,508 new meters had been installed in place of damaged/suspected tempered/tempered meters. 5,482 cases of theft/direct abstraction of energy amounting to Rs 10.57 lakh had been settled.

The NDPL has settled 1,158 cases amounting to Rs 1.56 crore, BYPL 1,391 cases of Rs 2.48 crore, while BRPL 2,933 cases of Rs 6.53 crore.

The NDPL has replaced 350 meters, BYPL 1500 meters, whereas BRPL 1012 meters. It has installed 4130 meters, BYPL 100 meters and BRPL 934 meters in JJ colonies.


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