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Congress hits out AAP govt, Centre over power woes in Delhi

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Delhi Congress today hit out at the AAP government and the BJP-led Centre over the power woes in the national capital, saying the situation was due to generation of less than installed capacity of the power plants.

“The average demand for power in Delhi last week was 5,655 MW while the installed capacity in Delhi is only 2,917 MW. Average generation of power even from the installed capacity was only 898 MW last week, which meant that only 30.78 per of the installed capacity was being generated,” Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken claimed during a press briefing.

He alleged that no effort was being made by both Delhi GENCO and the NTPC to generate 100 per cent of the installed capacity leading to “unregulated” power cuts.

He said Delhi Congress will hold a protest march from Rajghat to the Secretariat on May 28 against power and water shortage in the city due to “constant clash” between the AAP government and the BJP dispensation at the Centre.

“Delhi and central governments have not taken the steps that should have been taken to solve the power shortage,” he alleged.

Maken claimed that since power generation in Delhi is low, the only way is to make power available from outside. But there is “capacity constraint” as the maximum capacity of transmission lines is not more than 4,500 MW and as soon as the demand goes upto 5,300 MW the system is unable to take the load.

“No major effort has been made to improve the transmission capacity in the last two years,” he alleged. Maken also accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government of being “directly responsible” for the water crisis in Delhi.

“Due to Kejriwal’s opposition to SYL canal, Delhi would get only 0.002 million acre feet (MAF) water instead of 0.2 MAF water. He is busy playing politics in Goa and Punjab, leaving him with little time to address the pressing power and water problems in Delhi,” he alleged.

PTI

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