The Delhi Transco Ltd, which transmits or carries power to various parts of the capital, plans to invest in upgrading its infrastructure ahead of the Commonwealth Games that will be held in the city in 2010.
“We are planning to upgrade our transmission capacity and also set up power sub-stations in New Delhi. This will require an investment of Rs2,000 crore,” said S.R. Sethi, director, operations, Delhi Transco.
While power distribution companies such as BSES and NDPL are responsible for providing power to consumers, Delhi Transco is in charge of power transmission and the upgradation, operation and maintenance of the transmission network.
“New sub-stations will be constructed at Mundka, Dwarka, Masjid Moth, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi airport, Punjabi Bagh and Peera Garhi, and will require huge investments,” said Sethi.
He said that with the new infrastructure, the company will function normally even during contingencies and handle future power-carrying (or load) requirements.
“We are redesigning our systems to feed the load of 8,000MW to 10,000MW. We are doing this as we want to be well prepared for the future and we do not know how much load will Delhi require as per the master plan drawn up for the city,” added Sethi.
An expert said the company’s efforts could help reduce transmission bottlenecks and improve efficiency of power carriage. “This spells good news for the Delhi power consumers as a robust transmission network will improve the reliability levels. Such a step is absolutely important as the transmission networks have been neglected for a long time. It is only now that we are getting our act together,” said Anish De, an associate director at accounting firm Ernst & Young.
Delhi’s electricity requirement for 2010 is expected to be around 6,000MW, while the supply is projected to grow even faster—to 7,150MW. The government hopes to increase the capital’s power supply further to 9,460MW a year later.
The increased capacity will require a strong power transmission network to support the extra load.