Friday, June 18, 2010

Games work is the main reason for outages: Discoms

In view of long outages in the city, particularly in south Delhi colonies, power discom BSES Rajdhani has written to the government accusing agencies such as DMRC, DJB, MCD and PWD of damaging the discom’s underground cables during construction activities for the Commonwealth Games.

According to the power utility, during March and May this year when summer was at its peak, there were over 100 instances of their wires being disconnected. Officials said it took a lot of time to restore the damaged cables and till then, consumers had to suffer outages. Top officials of the discom said the repair work alone cost up to Rs 1.38 crores. They said the agencies concerned had been asked to pay damages.

‘‘We have informed these agencies on several occasions. They have been requested that their contractors coordinate with BSES officials to ensure that such accidents are kept to a bare minimum. They have also been told that that such cable damages, besides causing outages can also risk people’s lives and property as many of these are HT cables,’’ said a senior BRPL official.

The discom has requested the government to issue directions to all agencies involved in construction activities in Delhi. BRPL has also written to the agencies concerned regarding payment of damages.

The ongoing frenzy for the Commonwealth Games in October is seeing rapid development in the city with flyovers being constructed, roads being recarpeted.