The city on Monday reeled under severe electricity cuts due to continuous shortage to the tune of 1,000 mega watt from various power stations even as Delhi government blamed Uttar Pradesh for making the situation "difficult" by overdrawing from the Northern Grid.
As areas across the city faced power cuts in the range of one to five hours, the city government made repeated pleas to state-run NTPC to ensure supply of full quota of power to Delhi while directing all discoms to try and procure power from the open market even at higher rates.
Continuing coal and water shortage in various power plants and a strike by a section of the Coal India employees have severely affected power generation at various plants of NTPC.
Delhi power minister Harun Yusuf said the situation has become more difficult for Delhi due to overdrawing of power in the range of 1100-2,000 MW from Northern Grid by neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, which is forcing the city to resort to load-shedding to maintain frequency of the grid.
"We don't know why UP is overdrawing so much power from the Northern Grid which is forcing us to resort to loadshedding. There is provision for hefty penalty for overdrawing power beyond the permissible level and I will write to union power ministry to intervene," Yusuf said.
He, however, said other states like Haryana, Panjub, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir have not resorted to overdrawal from Northern Grid.