Despite the maximum temperature hovering two degrees below normal, erratic power supply continued in the Capital. Large parts of north Delhi including areas like Mukherjee Nagar, Civil Lines, Hudson Lane, Indira Vihar, and Sant Nagar went without power for upto ten hours since Monday.
Even as residents bore the brunt, NDPL –– the private power company that distributes power in these areas –– blamed Delhi Transco, the government-owned transmission utility, for Tuesday’s power crunch.
An NDPL spokesman said, “NDPL is not at fault. The problem has been because of a transformer maintained by Delhi Transco developing fault. The transformer is in a state of disrepair resulting in the problem.”
“A mob attacked our zonal office at Mukherjee Nagar at about 2 am on Tuesday. They pelted stones damaging property at the office. This evening again a mob had gathered outside the office shouting slogans and pelting stones,” he added.
NDPL officials said another transformer in the same area has not been in working condition for the past few months. “Tuesday’s breakdown was waiting to happen,” said an official.
14-hr outages a daily affair here
Long power cuts are now a regular feature in Noida and Greater Noida. Frequent outages have also affected water supply in several sectors. Greater Noida residents complain that power cuts have lasted upto 14 hours in the past few days.
Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL) officials said 20 MW deficit necessitated power cuts in most areas. “This is because against the total demand of 85 MW the supply is mere 65MW,” said S Mohanty, spokesperson, NPCL.
There were angry protests from people in Greater Noida on Sunday against long power cuts. NPCL even registered an FIR against a person for rioting.
The situation has been relatively better in Noida. While Noida is a part of the 24-hour power supply zone, there were reports of three to four hour power cuts on Tuesday.
Residents complained electricity cuts have badly affected the water supply. “Water pressure is very low during morning and evening power cuts. There is no supply on first floor houses and residents have to get water from the ground floor,” said Munna Kumar, general secretary, Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Association.