Sheila Dikshit calls for action plan on Delhi power crisis

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New Delhi, June 30 (ANI): Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday told city's main power distributor to improve power situation within 15 days, and submit a detailed action plan to meet the crisis by Wednesday.

Dikshit held a meeting with city's legislators and officials of discom Bombay Suburban Electric Supply (BSES), main power distributor of the city, and warned them that they would have to improve the power situation within 15 days.

"We have told BSES that they have to file an action plan for next 15-20 days by tomorrow in writing. Their Lalit Jalan is coming he has to give me in writing and it will be circulated among MLA and MP'S to see what kind of problems exist in several areas. And if they have some problems they have to talk about it and solve it in any condition. We have given them 15 days saying that by July 15 they'll have to improve the situation," said Dikshit.

New Delhi is facing worst power outages, leading to riots over water in many places, several areas in the capital have been facing frequent power cuts, some lasting for 10-12 hours.

Facing severe criticism, Dikshit said that power distribution companies have to buy electricity at any cost to solve the problem.

"We will follow the instructions given by our honourable chief minister. We are buying power at higher rates since last three days. And if need arises then we will continue to buy it at higher rates," said Arun Kanchan, Chief Executive Officer of BSES.

Dikshit also cautioned the power distributors to pull up their socks for the monsoon. Delhi expects supply of 250 MW more from either northern Uttrakhand or from the southern states by Monday.

With heat wave sweeping across the region, the power demand in the capital had shot up to an all-time high of about 4275 MW, leaving a huge shortfall and resulting in long outages across the city. (ANI)

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