Several areas in the National Capital are witnessing power cuts because of snags and a steady rise in demand for electricity.
“Delhi’s maximum power demand on Thursday reached 4611 MW. Last year, the power demand at this time of the year was around 4500 MW,” said a discom official.
Delhi is getting around 600 MW of less power due to snags in the Dadri Thermal 2 and BTPS. While Dadri Thermal 2 developed a snag late last night, BTPS developed it on Thursday morning.
“One unit of Dadri Thermal 2 - generating 510 MW - is down due to a snag. Of the electricity lost, 80% (around 400 MW) is supplied to Delhi. One unit of BTPS - generating around 210 MW is also down,” he said.
“Discoms have also arranged for some additional electricity. But, due to the nature of the power business in India, it takes a minimum of 24 hours for a discom to arrange additional electricity,” said a government official.
“Late on Wednesday night, there was no electricity for more than three hours. The call centre personnel said it was because of a breakdown,” said Sumit Singh, a resident of Mayur Vihar.