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Discom alert on kite flying during Independence Day in Delhi

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NEW DELHI: Kite flying is an integral part of Independence Day celebrations in Delhi, but this decades-old tradition can be hazardous, even fatal when metal-coated manjha (kite string) is used.
Metal coated manjha is a good conductor of electricity and not only poses grave danger to the kite flyer but may also disrupt the electricity supply of an area.
Every year, these strings lead to mishaps and power discoms have come up with advisories and will run campaigns for public awareness. A spokesperson of Tata Power-DDL, which supplies electricity in north Delhi, said that tripping of one 33/66 KV overhead line can disrupt power supply to over 2,500 houses in an area and tripping of a single 11 kV line to over 600 households.

“Last year, there were around 12 instances of kite flying-related trappings in Tata Power-DDL areas,” he said.

A BSES spokesperson said a multi-pronged campaign will be carried out in areas where electricity is supplied by BRPL and BYPL, which will include a three-minute video promoting safe ‘kite flying’. He said that tripping related outages can take up to two hours to rectify. Disrupting power supply and causing damage to power equipment is punishable under Electricity and the Delhi Police Acts, he added.

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Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL) is a joint venture between Tata Power and the Government of NCT of Delhi with the majority stake being held by Tata Power Company (51%). Tata Power-DDL distributes electricity in North & North West parts of Delhi and serves a populace of 7 million. The company started operations on July 1, 2002 post the unbundling of the erstwhile Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB). With a registered consumer base of 1.8 million and a peak load of around 2106 MW, the company's operations span across an area of 510 sq. kms. Tata Power-DDL has been the front-runner in implementing power distribution reforms in the capital city and is acknowledged for its consumer friendly practices. Since privatization, the Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses in Tata Power-DDL areas have shown a record decline. AT&C loss is a measure of overall efficiency of the distribution business which is the difference between units input into the system and the units for which the payment is collected. Today, AT&C losses stand at 7.3 % which is an unprecedented reduction of around 84% from an opening loss level of 53% in July 2002.

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