Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has stated that power demand in Delhi has gone up by 85% from 2002 to 2012 and Government has been able to successfully meet the peak power demand of around 5700 MW. Dikshit expressed these views after laying the foundation stone of a state of the art 16/11 KV Grid sub-station at Sarita Vihar. Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf, Local MLA Asif Mohd. Khan, BRPL CEO Gopal Saxena and others were present in the function.
On the occasion, Sheila said that after successful privatization of power in Delhi substantial capacity addition has been affected resulting in a reliable and quality power supply. The power being an essential ingredient for development needs to be given utmost priority. The present Government has also been able to start its own generation after a long gap of two decades.
Dikshit further stated that keeping in view the increasing population of Delhi the Government has been taking all steps to provide reliable power supply in every nook & corner of the City including for flung localities and unauthorized colonies which have remained uncovered till now. She added that power supply facilitates flow of water supply, hence it needs to be uninterrupted.
On this occasion Power Minister Haroon Yusuf reminded of pre 1999 era when power riots were witnessed almost every day. The things have changed after successful power reforms. The decision was taken by the Chief Minister Dikshit, which transformed the power scenario in Delhi. The power rate in Delhi is much cheaper than other metro cities including Kolkata where the lowest rate is Rs.8 per unit.