With rising heat, city ups power demand
With the rising heat the city's appetite for power is also growing. In the past couple of days, Delhi's peak power demand touched 4568 megawatts (MW) on Friday with the electricity supply network arranging for close to 4661 MW.delhi Updated: May 15, 2011 00:25 IST
With the rising heat the city's appetite for power is also growing. In the past couple of days, Delhi's peak power demand touched 4568 megawatts (MW) on Friday with the electricity supply network arranging for close to 4661 MW.
With the rising demand and rising load across the city, local faults and breakdowns have been causing power cuts in parts of the city.
Parts of Mayur Vihar Phase 1, Dwarka Sector 1, 7, 10 and thereabouts, Bhogal near Ashram, Arjun Nagar and Krishna Nagar near Safdarjung Enclave in South Delhi faced power cuts in the day.
Officials from Delhi Transco as well as the discoms said everything was fine barring minor complaints of individual faults.
"Delhi has been able to meet the peak demand for power," said a Transco spokesman.
"We had no power in the morning and then again in the afternoon there was no power. The electricity usually goes
for an hour," said N. Pandey, a resident of Sector 1, Dwarka.
"We had a really bad Friday with intermittent power cuts. We were told by the power company's helpline that there was some fault at some transformer," said Mohammad Zakir, who works in a shop at Sector 10 Main Market in Dwarka.
On Saturday, with the mercury offering some respite, staying around 40 degrees Celsius, the peak demand was a tad lower than the past couple of days. At 3.20pm on Saturday, the peak demand reached was 4241 MW, which was met comfortably.
Damodar Valley Corporation in West Bengal, which has been defaulting in its commitment to send around 400 MW to Delhi, has started sending some power at last. In the past 24 hours, it has sent up to 142 MW.
"So far there is no problem of availability of power. Whatever minor problems are happening are because of local faults," said an official.
"Delhi has been under-drawing from the Northern grid," the official added.