NEW DELHI: To meet the peak demand of power supply during the summer, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has commissioned a new 220 KV sub-station at Papankalan-III, with another 220 KV sub-station at RK Puram likely be commissioned soon.
Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain made the announcement as part of the Summer Action Plan.
Jain said that last year, the Delhi Power Department had ensured over 99 per cent power supply during peak summer months, meaning that power cuts were at a mere .06 per cent.
This summer, the target is to further improve this figure, Jain said.
It may be mentioned that in the summer of 2017, Delhi had witnessed an all time peak demand of power at 6,526 MW on June 6 at 3:31 pm. This peak demand was successfully met by Delhi Transco Ltd (DTL).
The Delhi government-owned State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC) has worked out the anticipated power scenario for summer months – i.e. between April and September 2018 – based on the historical trends.
Jain further said, "As per the projections, the peak demand of Delhi is expected to reach 7,000 MW in the upcoming summer season."
"To meet the increased anticipated demand, the transmission system capacity is augmented every year by DTL and discoms (distribution companies) prepare and execute their plans to establish a matching sub-transmission and distribution system," an official said.
New transformers have been added at Masjid Moth, Peeragarhi and Papankalan-I.
Further, in order to match with this increased capacity in transmission system, discoms have also added new grid sub-stations, new lines/cables and have augmented the distribution system.
This exercise is co-ordinated and reviewed by Power department regularly throughout the year.
To reduce consumer grievances and for monitoring the power supply situation in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had issued specific directions to the Power Department for measures to be taken by discoms for strengthening the consumer complaint handling mechanisms and for submission of daily MIS reports about consumer complaints and system breakdowns.