Discoms in Delhi make arrangements to fulfill additional power demand in summer

With people turning up power guzzling ACs and coolers as the mercury breached the 45 degrees Celsius mark in Delhi, electricity distribution companies (discoms) have estimated that the peak power demand would surpass 7,000 MW by the end of May. This is more than the record demand of 6,553 MW witnessed in the previous summer.

TPDDL (Tata Power Delhi Distribution) and BSES (BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna) are the two major power suppliers in the national capital. TPDDL caters to subscribers in North and Northwest Delhi, while BSES serves customers in South, West, Central and East Delhi.

As per power discoms, the peak demand in the city was 6529 MW on Thursday. The discoms however claimed to have made prior arrangements to meet the soaring demand. apartment management system

In a press note issued on Friday, the discoms informed that peak demand in BSES’ area is expected to rise by 8 percent to 4550 MW, while demand in TPDDL’s area is expected to rise between 1800 MW to 1850 MW.

In order to cater to the increased power demands, BSES claimed to have made banking arrangements for 525 MW with other states such as Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. TPDDL too claimed to have made similar arrangements with others states.

“We have made long-term tie-ups and other suitable arrangements to cater to the increasing power demands. There would be no shortage of power in Delhi at least up to 8000 MW,” said a BSES official.

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SC rejects Centre’s plea for seeking amendments in Delhi Master Plan

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The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Centre’s plea for seeking amendments in Delhi Master Plan (MPD-2021) without taking suggestions of resident welfare associations (RWA) in the city. Now, the changes cannot be incorporated without involving the citizens of the city. gate management system

After a series of events that affected sealing drive and formation of the Special Task Force (STF), the Apex court had partly modified its stay order on the proposed amendments in MPD-2021 on May 15.

The Supreme Court had issued a direction to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to involve RWAs and citizens before making any changes.

After that, the union urban development ministry had filed a fresh plea saying there was no need to take suggestions or objections from the public. While rejecting the plea the court said, “We have not acceded the request (of Centre and DDA) seeking modification of our order.”

On May 15, the Apex court had accepted DDA’s action plan where it had listed steps including launching an interactive website and a smartphone application to enable the public register their grievances regarding illegal constructions. The authority was given 15 days time to make it operational.

The DDA had also proposed to fix responsibilities to officials in case of illegal construction activities in the national capital and violation of the master plan.

The Master Plan-2021 is a blueprint for urban planning and expansion in the metropolitan city to ensure overall development.

Here, it would be pertinent to mention that earlier when DDA had proposed to amend in Delhi Master Plan- 2021, the RWAs had strongly opposed it.

Delhi: Bus shelters to get Integrated Transit Map with details of routes

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People waiting for buses in Delhi will be getting the information about bus routes at the bus shelters itself. Like Metro stations, each bus shelter will have a complete map of the bus route on a particular road. Apartment management system

A facility of Integrated Transit Map was on Thursday launched at a bus shelter on Vikash Marg near Delhi Secretariat. This Integrated Transit Maps at bus shelters will be helping the commuters in planning their journey in public buses.

The Integrated Transit Maps are uniquely designed for each bus stop. It comprises a visual cognitive map for all bus routes passing through the bus stop including Delhi metro network and key landmarks overlaid on the map of Delhi.

Launching the pilot project, Delhi transport minister, Kailash Gahlot said, “Delhi government is undertaking all efforts to make Delhi’s transport system modern, efficient and a preferred mode of transport for residents and tourists in the city.”

The minister also informed that bus commuters will soon be able to get information about the arrival of buses at bus shelters using their smartphones. He said that the transport department has revamped its existing Poochho App and will be re-launching it with some new features in next two weeks.

EDMC undertakes theme-based beautification drive for areas beneath flyovers

East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has initiated a beautification drive with the aim to increase the green cover under flyovers.

These spaces are now filled with amazing gardens which include various sorts of plants and flowers. Further, pictures depicting different themes such as teachings of freedom fighters, various facets of Indian culture and Swacch Bharat Mission among others adorn their walls.

These green spaces also offer shade to travellers, local residents and labourers.

The flyovers where the spaces underneath have been transformed are – Akshardham (Delhi-Meerut Expressway), Sonia Vihar, Mayur Vihar Phase 1 (Noida-Delhi link road), Karkrari Mor, Keshav Chowk and Gokulpri flyover.

BSES scheme: Exchange your old AC with new one, avail 47 percent discount

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The power distribution company BSES Rajdhani has started a scheme where consumers can exchange their old AC with a new one at a discount of up to 47 percent on its market price. apartment management system

As per reports, the scheme will be applicable for consumers in West Delhi initially. However, similar schemes would also be launched by the power distribution company BYPL in East Delhi and North Delhi consumers.

BSES would be distributing ACs of Voltas, Godrej and LG in this exchange scheme. Further, only 10000 ACs would be distributed in the first phase of the scheme.

A senior BSES official told City Spidey that the scheme would be applicable for ACs below five stars only.

City Spidey further asked that if a person had recently purchased an old AC, will he be able to avail the benefit of this scheme?

The official replied, “We do not mind whether a consumer has purchased a new or an old AC. People who have purchased old ACs recently too can avail the benefit of this scheme. The companies associated with us would visit on the given address and confirm the consumer’s registered CA number.”

He further confirmed that one consumer can exchange a maximum of three ACs.

As per BSES, due to use of ACs in summers, Delhi witnesses a huge gap between minimum and maximum power demands. Moreover, old ACs also consume more electricity.

“The consumers can save up to Rs 7500-8000 in annual electricity budget by replacing old ACs with the new ones,” a BSES statement said.

The BSES further stated that the leakage of Hydrofluorocarbon from the old ACs also adds to global warming. This in turn, poses a huge threat to the environment.

The company claimed that the new ACs would be delivered within 15 days of registration.

In order to avail the scheme, an eligible consumer has to call the BRPL helpline numbers 19123 / 39999707 or visit the discom’s divisional office and get his/her names and CA number registered.

“Consumers will be contacted by the respective officials of the AC Company through their empanelled vendors to take the enquiry forward,” said a BSES official.

A BSES spokesperson said, “According to a latest international research, there is a growing concern that the electricity used to power ACs will overburden electrical grids and increase planet warming emissions. The AC replacement scheme is a demand side management initiative from BSES that attempts to address such concerns.”

Dwarka: Newly married woman commits suicide after argument with husband

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A newly married woman allegedly committed suicide at Dwarka Sector 7’s Meghdoot Apartments on early Tuesday morning.

According to police, a man named Ashish called the PCR at 2.15 A.M and informed them about his wife’s suicide. Further, the police claimed that the woman, identified as Deepika, had committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan.

The couple had been married nearly two weeks back on 7th May and was staying in a rented accommodation of the society. gate management system

Police said that the couple had an argument on Monday evening and both of them went to sleep in separate rooms. However, when Ashish woke up at around 2.00 A.M. he was terrified to see his wife hanging from the ceiling fan.

He then cut the cloth with which she was hanging and kept the body on his bed.

Police further added that no suicide note was recovered from the spot. The body has been preserved in the mortuary of Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.

Investigation is still going on in the matter and further details are awaited.

EDMC blocks road adjoining Ghazipur landfill site

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The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has blocked the road near the Ghazipur landfill site in order to ensure that no more lives are lost even if the site collapses again.

The road moving parallel to the drain near the landfill site was frequently used by commuters travelling from Ghazipur to East Delhi and Noida. However, now the commuters would have to use a damaged road on the other side of the drain for travelling to East Delhi or Noida via Kondli. Apartment management system

When City Spidey asked the reason for barricading the road, a senior official of EDMC said, “During the summers, the possibility of garbage catching fire increases and thus the entry of vehicles has been blocked. This road would remain closed from both sides until we get a solution to reduce the height of the landfill.”

In November 2016, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had signed an agreement with EDMC according to which 70 percent of municipal waste of the site was to be used for road construction. However, the project hasn’t been executed so far.

Recently, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had rapped the Delhi government and EDMC for their failure to comply with its directive to stop dumping municipal waste at the site.

On September 1, 2017, a portion of the 45 meter-high garbage dump at the landfill site had collapsed due to heavy rains. This in turn had resulted in the death of two people.