Ministry agrees to power-island Delhi

July

The Union Power Ministry has accepted the Delhi government's proposal for setting up a power islanding system to insulate parts of city's essential services from a grid failure.

Details of the project were being worked out. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is expected to meet Union Power Minister Veerappa Moily later this week.

Dikshit told Newsline: "I have been informed by the Power Secretary that they have accepted the proposal for power islanding of some parts of Delhi. For now, there will be two stations, which will operate in the eventuality of a power failure, through our own power plants." She said she would meet Moily soon to finalise the project.

Delhi government officials said they had proposed four stations, which would cover the entire city, but the Centre cleared only two.

"The four stations, supplied by our own power plants, would insulate all essential services in Delhi from a grid failure," an official said. He said the Power Ministry accepted the proposal on Monday and called for a high-level meeting on Wednesday to discuss the project.

After the Northern Grid collapse on July 30 and 31, Dikshit has been asking for isolating power to essential services including hospitals, Metro and the airport in Delhi.

In August, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia threw his weight behind the proposal. "Islanding of vital installations in Delhi is necessary. The Planning Commission would definitely support such a proposal," Ahluwalia said.

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