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Transco quizzed on delay in projects

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NEW DELHI, JUNE 22. Amid the widespread public outcry against continuing power cuts and unscheduled load-shedding, the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, has asked Transco to prepare a `status report'' on the schedule of pending and ongoing works. The private companies have also been asked to submit a report on their preparation for the monsoon in order to ensure that local faults and breakdown do not become a common thing.

What has irked the Chief Minister is the delay in execution of certain infrastructure works by Transco and the poor power situation, particularly in South Delhi and East Delhi. She is learnt to have expressed unhappiness over the progress of certain works in South Delhi and directed Transco officials to hurry up with the projects in order to ensure their completion within the next month. The Chief Minister was upset over the fact that Transco had not been able to get going with the work of setting up a grid station near Siri Fort. The officials pointed out that the project had run into problems with the Delhi Development Authority and the Archaeological Survey of India in view of the proximity of the land for the grid to the historic Siri Fort. Stepping in, Ms. Dikshit directed the officials to shift the site of the grid a few metres from the disputed area so that work on the project could start immediately.

Ms. Dikshit also sought to know from Transco officials why the plan money allocated to them had not been spent. It was informed that all the money had been committed for various works but many of these could not be completed in view of the various delays and clearances at various levels. However, it was assured that these works including installation of a new transformer at Lodhi Estate would be completed by the end of next month.

It is learnt that the Power Minister, Haroon Yusuf, asked all officials concerned to make preparations to ensure that the coming monsoon was less harassing for the common man. Mr. Yusuf in his meeting with the BSES CEO, Rakesh Aggarwal, had asked him to submit an action plan for the next few months. Mr. Aggarwal is believed to have informed the Power Minister that everything had been worked out and all the weak links identified by the distribution company. The BSES informed that it had purchased four generator sets and was in the process of bringing in two more. These generator sets are used to supply power to the consumers in the event of cuts undertaken for maintenance work of distribution lines. The Power Minister is understood to have told the two distribution companies that he expected the complaints regarding breakdown and local fault to do down during the monsoon months. The Minister has decided to keep constant vigil on the power situation in the Capital and would be personally monitoring everything from his office and home.

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