Delhi had to face the double whammy of high temperatures and high power demand, on Wednesday. As Delhiites sweated it out in the sweltering heat, the situation was made worse by power cuts in many parts of the city.
Amid hot and humid conditions, the power demand in the city touched an all-time high of 4,823 mega watt (MW), leaving many parts in the city powerless for hours.
The situation was made worse due to instability in the Northern Grid — an arterial network that provides power to all the northern states. The situation was made all the more alarming by the fact that the power supply to the city was reduced too.
The situation will remain grim in the coming days, as availability of 490 MW of power from Jhajjar and Dadri power plants will take a few more days.
"Due to the outages in major generating stations of Aravalli Power Project at Jhajjar and Dadri, 463 MW could not be made available to Delhi. We received around 460 MW lesser power, primarily on account of snags in NTPC Dadri 1 and NTPC Jhajjar," said a senior power department official.Officials said the power demand may cross the 5,000 MW mark this year. Last year, the highest demand was 4,720 MW on July 1.
Alarmed at the situation, the Northern Grid and State Load Dispatch Centre has asked the power distribution companies to carry out load-shedding on rotational basis across the city. Areas such as Sarita Vihar, Safdarjang, Saket, East of Kailash, Janakpuri, Laxmi Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar, Rajouri Garden , Dwarka, Mayur Vihar, CR Park among others were affected the most.
Alarmed at the situation, the Delhi government said it was trying to arrange additional power from the Damodar Valley Corporation and the Central Pool to meet increasing demand.
NCR fares no better, reels under cuts
While Noida's residential and industrial sectors are witnessing power cuts of two to four hours daily, Greater Noida experienced four-six hours of power cuts on Wednesday. Among the worst-affected areas in Noida were sectors 20, 22, 53, 40, 49, 93. Villages such as Bhangel and Baraula reported power cuts of over 8 hours. AP Mishra, chief engineer, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited said, "Power cuts in coming days could be for more than eight hours a day."
In some localities, residents are facing power outages ranging between eight and 10 hours. Power consumption has shot up from 1.20 crore units on May 1 to 1.62 crore units on May 14, with state-run discom Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) finding it hard to handle the surge in daily demand of about 1.80 crore units. However, SK Sachdeva, chief engineer, DHVBN said, "The power situation is very comfortable as of now. If there is power cut, it's due to technical glitches."
With a daily demand of just 600MW of power, Ghaziabad faces power cuts of eight-10 hours because the distribution network dates back 30-35 years. To tackle the situation, the electricity department has resorted to priority scheduling of power cuts, as, "six-eight hours of scheduled power cuts were announced by us. But we have strictly told officials to disconnect supply for a maximum of two hours at a time," said AP Mishra, chief engineer, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited.