Power demand in Delhi touched 5,642MW on Thursday, the highest this summer, even as various parts of the city continued to reel under outages.
Power distribution companies, however, claimed they were able to meet the demand.Officials of the power department said the distribution companies had not expected the demand to even cross 5,500MW this year. But a delayed monsoon has pushed the demand beyond the 5,600-MW mark.
The Bawana power plant, which supplies 250MW, broke down on Thursday, making matters worse.
“The demand for power has broken all records. The maximum demand on Thursday was 5,642MW at 3.10pm. The load increased all of a sudden, causing power cuts. We had asked the distribution companies to buy power from the exchange to meet the demand,” said one of the officials.
The maximum temperature was 41.1 degree Celsius, which is 5 degrees above normal, and the humidity, between 37% and 77%. Residents of south, west and north Delhi were affected by the power cuts.
Electricity demand had risen to 5,454MW, the previous all-time high, on July 2. This summer has seen the power demand rise to new highs almost every week.
“If the weather continues to be as hot and humid, the demand of power may go up further,” added the official.
The demand for power has risen rapidly in the past decade. The highest demand in July 2002 was 3,097MW while it was 5,028MW on August 2 last year.
According to the officials, more people in Delhi are buying heavy gadgets, increasing the overall load on the system.
“This is one of the major reasons why electricity consumption is rising. The demand for power over the years has grown significantly in the city,” added the official.
The power demand in the city has been increasing at a rate of around 8% over the past few years, and according to the government’s projection, was expected to cross 5,500MW this summer.