Power cuts in the city are playing spoilsport in this festival season with many areas going without electricity for more than four hours. Supply to the city has been hit severely with a shortage of at least 900MW due to deficiency of coal and water supply.
According to the power department, the situation had become quite critical at one point, with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana overdrawing, which resulted in low frequency. Due to this, lines of Transco Limited tripped, resulting in outages in various parts of the city.
According to sources, while the city is reeling under power shortage, close to 220MW — Delhi’s share from Jhajjar Power Plant — is being routed to Andhra Pradesh, which is facing an acute shortage of power.
Many areas, particularly in south and east Delhi, were the worst hit. “Power supply to Delhi kept on fluctuating — reducing by as much as 900MW for certain periods,” said a power department official.
“Due to a temporary closure of the Agra canal, there has been water shortage. Water is required for cooling. The generation plants within Delhi, including BTPS, Gas Turbine, and Rajghat, were together producing around 310MW less. Generally, they supply around 1100MW to Delhi,” added the official.
“There was no electricity at our place for more than two hours. Even when the supply was resumed, the voltage was very low,” said Sangeeta Sharma, a resident of Greater Kailash I.