Exclusive electricity grid for Commonwealth Games

June 11th, 2009 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) BSES, one of the two private power distribution firms in the national capital, is setting up a Rs.400-million ($8 million) electricity grid that will exclusively serve the upcoming athletes village for the Commonwealth Games next year.
“We will provide uninterrupted power supply to the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Apart from continuous electricity at stadiums, we will also have an exclusive grid for the Games Village by the end of this year,” BSES chief executive Lalit Jalan said.

“More than 30 percent of the grid area will be covered by trees. It will be a green grid,” Jalan told reporters here, giving an update on the company, which is part of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.

The grid will also have landscaping and deploy the latest energy conservation techniques, and will be located near the Akshardham temple across the Yamuna.

Senior BSES officials said in the seven years since distribution of electricity has been privatised in the capital, the company has managed to cut the losses on account of theft and transmission to 20 percent from 60 percent.

“In the process, the Delhi government has been able to save Rs.13,729 crore (Rs.137.29 billion/$2.75 billion),” Jalan said.

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