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Power and water adds punch to summer slam

Adding more uneasy hours to the scorching heat wave sweeping across the city, Delhiites had to endure long power cuts on Saturday with the power supply from some plants dropping by nearly 500 MW due to technical glitches. HT reports.

delhi Updated: May 27, 2012 02:04 IST
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Adding more uneasy hours to the scorching heat wave sweeping across the city, Delhiites had to endure long power cuts on Saturday with the power supply from some plants dropping by nearly 500 MW due to technical glitches.


Areas in south and east Delhi faced power cuts, lasting hours, even as officials said the problem was fixed in a few hours.

On Saturday, the Badarpur plant tripped due to some technical problem in Ballabgarh. According to the power department officials, the problem occurred at 8 am and lasted till late in the afternoon. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/5/27_05-pg-02a.jpg

"Supply of 500 MW from Badarpur Thermal Power Plant was affected. Distribution companies had to carry out load-shedding on a rotational basis due to the shortage. However, the situation had improved as the day progressed," said a senior power department official.

Power cuts were witnessed across the city even as the power demand hovered at around 4,658 MW a considerable decrease from the 5,032 MW demand on Friday — the highest this season.

According to sources, the Rajghat Power house was also facing some problems affecting the overall availability of power.

"Right from 8 am onwards there was no power supply," said Rajni Kumar, a resident of south Delhi's Lajpat Nagar.

Along with power, water supply to several areas, especially in east Delhi, was affected. "From the past two days we are not receiving any water supply," said Akshay Singh, a resident of Mayur Vihar phase II.

Delhiites experienced yet another scorching day on Saturday as the maximum temperature was recorded at 42.7 degrees Celsius. The coming week is expected to be hot and no rainfall is expected.