The whole of South Delhi will plunge into darkness for a few hours every day till at least the end of this month thanks to some unavoidable power cuts, the electricity supply utilities have warned.
A heavy-duty transformer of Delhi Transco, the power transmission firm, went kaput early Tuesday and snapped supply to large parts of Kalkaji, CR Park, Greater Kailash I and II and Alaknanda for around four hours in the whole day.
The 100-MVA 230/33 KV transformer stationed at the Okhla grid will have to be replaced as it is beyond any quick-fix, a senior Transco official said. "We will get it replaced by August 30. Till then the discoms might need to shed some load," he told HT.
Discom BSES Rajdhani offered no comments on the matter but senior officials said the load sheddings would be for "an hour or two" on rotation basis, which means some areas will have to face power cuts as a cost of lighting up some other areas at any given point of time during the day.
Around 20 MW of power will have to be shed to tide over this crisis every day which will affect some of the "high profile" residential areas of South Delhi, like Defence Colony, Okhla, CR Park, GK-II and II, etc.
Frequents breakdowns have been plaguing the power distribution network in South Delhi this year. A few weeks ago, one of the smaller-load transformers of Delhi Transco had tripped causing hours of agony to power consumers. That transformer is still undergoing off and on repair work.