No respite from power cuts
With day temperature touching 40 degrees Celsius, residents face a harrowing time with power cuts of upto four hours, HT Correspondent reports.delhi Updated: Apr 24, 2008 00:33 IST
The power situation in the Capital showed no signs of improvement on Wednesday. With day temperature touching 40 degrees Celsius, residents faced a harrowing time with power cuts of upto four hours reported from across the city.
Power lines in the city tripped over 50 times on account of increased demand and heavy overdraw from the Grid, resorted to by northern states. Power Grid officials fear that if the present situation continues, it might result in grid collapse. “The grid security will be severely endangered if states do not stop overdrawing. We have written to all the member states, especially Uttar Pradesh, to behave or face strict penalty,” said the official.
In the Capital, the peak power demand was 3,125 MW load while its own generation was a miniscule 1,169 MW. “While three units of Delhi-based power plant were shut because of technical snag, four outstation plants from where the city gets power were also closed for overhauling. This resulted in a overall shortage of 381 MW,” said a senior power department official.
The mismatch in demand and availability resulted in private power distribution companies (distcoms) resorting to intermittent load shedding throughout the day.
The precarious power situation has forced the Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC) to convene a meeting on Thursday of all the states, which draws power from the grid. Officials said it is not only the northern states that will be affected because of the overdrawal. “Following synchronization of the Northern Grid with east, west and north-east, any instability will plunge all these regions into darkness. So it is very important that states do not overdraw,” said an official.
But even as the blame game between distcoms and power department continues over the poor power situation, it was ordinary citizens of the Capital who had to face the brunt. “Its like a double whammy for us. You can’t step out because of soaring temperature and you can’t stay indoors because of power cuts. How long will this situation continue,” said Juhi Nagpal, a RK Puram resident.