A muggy day made worse by power cuts
Large parts of East and South Delhi went without electricity for close to four hours on a particularly muggy Saturday afternoon, as breakdowns crippled the power generation and transmission apparatus in the Capital.delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2010 00:13 IST
Large parts of East and South Delhi went without electricity for close to four hours on a particularly muggy Saturday afternoon, as breakdowns crippled the power generation and transmission apparatus in the Capital.
Starting around 3 p.m., the disruption in power supply continued through the evening and by 7 p.m., some areas in Laxmi Nagar and Preet Vihar were yet to get power.
"The power cut occurred in the afternoon. We thought it was the usual one-hour-long load-shedding. But power returned only after three hours," said Surinder Mehta, a resident of Laxmi Nagar.
It turns out that a major transmission line (220 KV) between Wazirabad in North Delhi and Geeta Colony in the East tripped and sent operation and maintenance officials of Delhi Transco into a tizzy.
"The line tripped and we had to enforce load-shedding in some areas of east Delhi," said a senior Transco official.
Amid all this, the Capital's 135 MW gas-based Rajghat power plant also snapped due to a 'minor technical snag'.
"It was a really hot day, with no clouds to shield the sun and no rain or thundershowers. So the power cuts were unbearable," said Anup Sharma, a resident of Ashram.
At 3,843 MW, it was a decent peak power demand for a day when schools are closed and government offices are on a half-day shift.
However, the demand for power increased as the mercury hovered around 38.5 degrees Celsius.
Delhi's power distributing companies have arranged for enough power this summer to easily meet Saturday's demand.
But the transmission and distribution network — consisting of transformers, transmission lines and sub-stations — is fraught with local faults, for want of proper maintenance and timely replacement that often cause rampant, undue disruptions in power supply.
"What is the point of arranging for power if it cannot be delivered continuously to consumers?" said Anil Kumar, a resident of Soorajmal Vihar in South Delhi.