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Govt begins work on ‘islanding’ Delhi

Delhi government has started work on setting up an ‘islanding facility’ to insulate essential services in the city from any power disruption in the event of collapse of the Northern grid. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit had approached the Union Power Ministry for creation of the ‘islanding facility’ in Delhi on the lines of south Mumbai following collapse of the Northern grid in July that led to a blackout for several hours.

The city government has started ground work for setting up the facility after getting a nod to the proposal from both the Power Ministry and the Planning Commission. ‘The main objective of the initiative is to isolate our generating stations so that supply of power does not get affected even if the Northern grid collapses,’ Delhi power secretary Shakti Sinha said.

Currently, Delhi generates around 1,200 MW of power which will increase to 2,700 MW once the 1,500 MW capacity Bawana power plant, built at a cost of Rs 4,500 crore, starts generating power at its optimum level.

The power demand in the city fluctuates between 4,000 to 5,300 MW depending on weather. The city gets around 3,000 MW of power from a number of power generating stations in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal, Uttarakhand and Haryana.

Sinha said the power department is in the process of carrying out the technical feasibility study for the ambitious project following which actual implementation will take place.
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