Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Lights ON at Commonwealth Games village

With power distribution utility BSES Yamuna and the developer of the Commonwealth Games Village resolving the issue of cost sharing for electrification, work on electrification of the Commonwealth Games Village is fast nearing completion.

After a long dispute, BSES Yamuna and Commonwealth Games 2010 Village developers Emaar MGF have agreed to share the cost of electrification equally. According to senior officials of BSES, the electrification work is expected to be completed by March 2010, much before the Commonwealth Games.

For several months, the two companies were at loggerheads over which party would bear the costs of electrification of the Games Village. The dispute was finally resolved in the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity. "We have reached an agreement to equally share the costs of electrification. The two companies will spend Rs 5 crore each for the work,'' revealed BSES Yamuna CEO Ramesh Narain.

There are 34 towers coming up in the Commonwealth Games 2010 village that will have a total of 1167 flats. The apartments are being constructed by the private construction company in a public-private partnership with Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Each of these luxury flats is said to cost between Rs 2-4 crore each. These flats will house the players as well as officials during the Commonwealth Games in October next year.

"The flats will have 24X7 power backup as the 15 MW Akshardham Grid is dedicated solely to cater to these flats. The cost of this grid, approximately Rs 26 crore, has been borne by DDA,'' said a senior BSES official.

BSES Yamuna is also working on electrification of eight upcoming super-luxury hotels in the area and three commercial districts. "We have received applications from these hotels and commercial centers and have asked them to release the payment immediately so that we can start the work,'' said Narain.


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