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Delhi powerless over grid shortage

delhi Updated: Jun 11, 2013 01:47 IST
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Amid the most cruel phase of Delhi’s summer, shortage of power in the Northern Grid spelled horror for residents on Monday.

Several parts of the city faced power cuts of varying durations as supply from the grid was curtailed because of technical reasons.

Local faults compounded the problems of people already bearing high temperatures and humidity.

According to Delhi Transco Limited (DTL), the grid faced a shortage of 3,000 MW of which 50-250 MW of Delhi’s share was affected.

“There is shortage of 3,000 MW of power in Northern Grid due to non-availability of power from the hydropower plants in Himachal Pradesh. These plants shut down because of high level of silt. In addition, inter-regional lines that supply power are already overloaded.

Power distribution companies had to carry out load-shedding to the tune of 50 to 250 MW on a rotational basis from noon,” said a senior Delhi government official.

Officials not had they not have resorted to load shedding in the Capital, it would led to a grid collapse.

“Considering there was shortage of power in the Northern Grid, we had an option of getting supply from the Western Grid. However, considering that supply had to be routed through the Agra-Gwalior line, which was already overloaded, we decided to skip the option. It is the same line due to which the entire Northern Grid had collapsed last year. We didn’t want to risk a grid failure,” said a senior Delhi government official.

Areas such as Panchsheel Park, Kailash Colony, Greater Kailash, Pandav Nagar, Prasad Nagar, Dwarka, Mukherjee Nagar, Rohini and Pitampura faced power cuts.

According to officials, power cuts were reported at many places due to local faults and transformers getting overloaded. Peak demand in the Capital touched 5,226 MW on Monday. Power demand has been rising to new highs almost every week this summer.

In the past week, power cuts in various areas of the Capital have only become worse. People have been blaming the discoms for poor management of the infrastructure.

“If the weather continues to be so hot and humid, the demand for power may further go up and cross the 6,000 MW mark,” said the official.

The power demand in the city has been increasing at a rate of around 8-10% in the last few years. As per government projections, it is expected to touch 6,0000 MW this summer.