Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit got a taste of the power scenario in her city when the electricity went off just when she was about to make a condolence speech at the condolence meeting held for Shahi Imam Bukhari who died on Wednesday.
The untimely power cut turned off the public address system and Dikshit had to leave the meeting being held at Jama Masjid in the Walled City without making her remarks as the public kept waiting.
On Wednesday, Delhi yet again worked up a highest-ever peak power demand — around 4,408 MW this time.
The earlier record was barely a week ago at 4,357 MW.
New records of highest-ever power consumption kept getting breached every other day in the past fortnight, indicating Delhi’s rising power consumption in the wake of prolonged summer minus the rains.
Power demand has risen by an unprecedented 6 per cent during the past fortnight.
Delhi fell short of around 300 MW of power during the day, as several parts of Central, South and West Delhi suffered outages ranging from one and four hours.
“With the rising heat, the city is turning on the cooling machines like never before. This time of the season, owing to the monsoon, we expect the demand to drop and not rise like this,” said an official of Delhi Transco.
City's biggest private power distribution company (discom), BSES, which has come under public ire and government wrath of late for long power cuts, said it had arranged 530 MW of additional power to meet the steep demand.
“In our network, we supplied 2,940 MW of power. We have never had to supply so much power before,” said a discom official.
The discom bought bulk of its additional power from the Power Exchange - around 135 MW, while around 165 MW came from Himachal Pradesh. The rest came in small amounts from a mix of sources.
Power department sources said the situation could well go out of hand if it did not rain in the next few days. “Delhi seems to be on an insatiable diet of power, thanks to the lack of rainfall and the rising heat,” said a power department official. “We might soon run out of sources to buy extra power from.”
The only salvaging factor for Delhi is that the power demand in several parts of the country like West, South and East, has fallen due to the rains.