Friday, June 12, 2009

Dedicated Electricity Grid to Take Care of 2010 CWG

A dedicated electricity grid is to be set up for 2010 commonwealth games by BSES, one of the two private power distribution firms in the national capital. This project will cost around $8 million (INR 400 million). This electricity grid will exclusively serve the upcoming athletes village for the Commonwealth Games next year.

In an interview Lalit Jalan, the chief executive of BSES informed that the electricity grid will provide uninterrupted power supply to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, apart from continuous electricity at stadiums. This grid will be ready by the end of this year.

Keeping in mind the environmental measures, around 30 % area of the grid will be covered by trees. It will be a environment friendly and green grid, Jalan added, giving an update on the company, which is part of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG).

The grid will also have landscaping and deploy the latest energy conservation techniques, and will be located near the Akshardham temple across the Yamuna.

Counting on their achievements senior BSES officials said that in the seven years since distribution of electricity has been privatized in the national capital; the company has managed to cut the losses on account of theft and transmission to 20 percent from 60 percent.

“In the process, the Delhi government has been able to save Rs.13,729 crore (Rs.137.29 billion/$2.75 billion),” Jalan said.