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Delhi govt asks discoms to ensure uninterrupted power supply

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party government today warned discoms of “serious consequences” if they resort to unreasonable excuses for load shedding and directed them to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the national capital.

The government’s move comes after reports of load shedding by discoms in different parts of the capital, particularly in slums and JJ clusters.

Power department, on the direction of power minister Satyendra Jain, has issued a written direction to the CEOs of all the three power distribution companies — Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna.

“Department has directed discoms to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply across the city with immediate effect,” said a senior official.

The government also said that a serious view will be taken by the power department in case the discoms resort to unreasonable excuses for load shedding.

“Discoms should ensure that consumer helpline numbers are active and these should be adequately reinforced to meet additional calls being received from consumers in the current scenario,” the power department has stated.

The discoms have also been directed that in case there are valid and justifiable reasons for load shedding, then “It should be ensured that such load shedding at any level of shortage does not exceed one hour at a stretch and should be strictly on rotational basis in different areas and not only in slums and JJ clusters.”

The department has also directed the discoms to widely advertise in advance, through different forms of media, in case they have to resort to load shedding and “any failure to strictly comply with these directions will lead to serious consequences”.

Apart from that, the discoms have been directed to present contingency plans for rotational load shedding at different levels of shortage.

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