700 places pose major challenge to regular power supply.
New Delhi: Discoms in Delhi have identified 700 places in the city where space crunch poses a major challenge in the augmentation of the power distribution network in densely-packed unauthorised colonies.
In a coordinated effort involving the power department of the Delhi government, distribution companies and other stakeholders, land has been made available for installing power infrastructures such as transformers and electric poles, an official of the department said.
“Out of the 700 places identified for space crunch, the BSES disco-ms have managed to get space after working with government authorities and residents,” he said.
Discoms are joint ventures of the Delhi government with private companies. They have deployed innovative solutions such as ‘double decker sub stations’ and ‘electronic houses’ in congested areas to augment the distribution network. Such innovative solutions take 40-50 per cent less space than conventional sub-stations, thus making them ideal for congested areas like unauthorised colonies.
The areas facing space crunch in boosting power network include the unauthorised colonies of Shaheen Bagh near Sarita Vihar, parts of Uttam Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, RPS Colony, Khirki Extension, Krishna Nagar, Yamuna Vihar, Harsh Vihar, Ghitorni, Bijwasan and Rajpur Khud, Karawal Nagar, Daryaganj, Mahi-palpur, Mahrauli and Kishangarh. Encroachment is another hindrance for discoms in these places.
It is not even sparing the electricity infrastructure in the area. Many electricity poles in the area – many of them even hosting transformers – have been covered, removed or damaged due to illegal constructs, he said.
“It is a common sight to see an electricity pole, literally inside or merged with a flats balcony due to encroachment. Not only this, the illegal extensions have brought the balconies of houses within handshaking distance of the distribution box or transformer fuse – exposing the residents and the property to grave danger,” a source said. It is in everybody's interest, including the locals as well as the government, to provide space for adequate expansion of the infrastructure.