Power cuts added to the woes of the heat-hassled residents of the city on Saturday. The power supply from some plants dropped by as much as 1,400 MW due to technical glitches, said an official.
Areas across east, west, north and south Delhi faced one- to four-hour-long outages though the maximum power demand remained above 4,200 MW. At 4,278 MW, Delhi’s power demand remained high though it was lesser than Friday’s requirement of 4,490 MW.
But residents in several parts of the city complained that the outages went much longer than the official figures. “Our area went without power for more than five hours. There was shortage of water too, as we could not switch on our water pumps due to the outage. If power cuts continue this way, this summer is going to be a
nightmare for us all,” said Rajni Misra, a resident of Malviya Nagar.
This was the city’s first major outage though various parts of the city have been experiencing intermittent power cuts for the past few days. The outage had a domino effect, adversely affecting various water treatment plants in the city, resulting in a water shortage as well.
The shortage crippled several power plants in the region with the supply from NTPC’s Dadri plant in Uttar Pradesh coming down by 800 MW while the Bawana plant in the city, which produces around 250 MW, collapsed completely.
Power production at NTPC’s Rihan plant in Uttar Pradesh as well as in Delhi's Badarpur Thermal Power Ltd was severely affected, resulting in shortage in supply.
“According to NTPC, the situation is likely to improve by Monday,” said the official.