ADMIN – JUNE 29, 2012 - New Delhi
Fuming over the steep hike in power tariff, the Resident Welfare Associations demanded that the tariff rates in the New Delhi Municipal Council area should be brought at par with those of the three power distribution companies (discoms).
“The NDMC area which caters mostly to VIP population should have equal power tariff. The government has always been trying to favour discoms and safeguard their interest,” said B S Vohra, president, East Delhi RWAs’ Joint Front.
“Major manipulations are done in the maintenance, unnecessary purchase, deficit in power purchase, change of equipment and installation of new equipment. The discoms show deficit every time,” he said.
However, clarifying on power tariff in the NDMC area, senior power department officials in the Delhi government said that the sources of power supply in respect of NDMC and the three discoms are different.
“Discoms and the NDMC are not parallel as they have been operating on different parameters. The cost of purchase of power is quite different for both of them. It varies from Rs 2.32 to more than Rs 5 per unit. The NDMC’s major sources of supply are from three generating sources: BTPS (Badarpur), Pragati-I and Dadri-I whose cost of energy ranges between Rs 2.32 and Rs.3.40,” said a senior official.
He said that NDMC and discoms are operating on different platforms and structure in terms of load, energy supply and demand, transmission, distribution constraints and source of power purchase.
“Discoms’s sources of power supply are from 30 different generating units. In case of discoms, the supply cost varies depending upon demand, supply, consumer, etc,” added the official.
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