Friday was no better than Thursday — the season’s hottest day so far — in Delhi and the NCR.
The maximum temperature dropped a hint to 44.4ºC from the previous day’s 45.4 ºC but the minimum more than made up for it by shooting up to 34.4ºC, seven degrees above normal.As this summer’s hottest morning gave way to a stifling afternoon, power demand peaked, leading to long outages.
For those living in high-rises in the national capital region, monthly power back-up bills have gone up by R5,000-10,000. Residents are also unable to recharge their inverters with power cuts lasting more than 10 hours in many parts of the suburban towns.
In Delhi, power demand touched a new all-time high of 5,178 mega watt, eclipsing Wednesday’s 5,155MW. The Capital’s power needs have consistently been going up at least 10% every year.
“The rate at which power demand is increasing, it is all set to cross the 5500MW-mark,” said a power department official.
Water supply was also disrupted in some areas as power cuts affected the functioning of various water treatment plants. The situation is no better in Gurgaon.
Reeling under 10-to-12-hour power cuts, its daily requirement is 170-180 lakh units but it is only getting 110-120 lakh units from the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam. The Haryana government claims to supply 220-230 lakh units to the Millennium City but angry residents beg to differ.
Technical snags at the Khedar, Yamunanagar and Jhajjar plants, which produce 70-75% of the electricity for Haryana, have compounded the problem. "The situation will improve after June 7 as the Jhajjar and Khedar plants will start operating," said DHBVN managing director Arun Gupta.
All the way across in Noida and Greater Noida, power discoms say the soaring heat is causing over-heating and frequent tripping of transformers. Noida residents have been reporting power cuts of three to four hours daily, whereas industrial units are facing outages for up to eight hours. However, officials said loadshedding was being carried out for only two hours.
Ghaziabad has it worse with residents claiming power cuts last more than 10 hours. Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited officials said demand has shot up to 1000MVA against the supply of 700MVA.