Delhi recorded its hottest day of the season on Friday with the mercury touching 44 degrees Celsius.
What made the torrid heat more uncomfortable was the fact that several areas of the city witnessed power outages leaving the residents high, dry and sweating. Apparently it was not just the mercury that touched the highest point this summer, the power demand in the national Capital also reached its top most point of this season so far with 5,032 MW.
According to the weatherman, the sweltering heat will continue to rage over the weekend as the forecast for Saturday has predicted a maximum temperature of 44 degrees. With the rise in mercury the city's demand for power also touched a high owing to a growing gap between demand and supply.
"The maximum power demand was recorded at 5,032 MW on Friday. The maximum demand in the city had reached an all-time high of 5,028 MW last summer and it is projected to reach 5,500 MW this year," said a senior power department official.
He said that if the weather conditions prevail, the power demand may further rise and can even cross 5,500 MW.
While some areas in east Delhi faced power outages, power department officials, claimed there was no shortage in supply, saying arrangements have been made to ensure uninterrupted supply of power during peak summer months.
"The outages take place because of local technical faults and due to several neighbouring states withdrawing more power than their due share from the Northern Grid," said an official.
Areas such as CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, South Extension, Defence Colony and Lajpat Nagar may face outages due to maintenance work.
It's official. There will be no respite from the endless power outages in the Millennium City with the Haryana power minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav saying on Friday that there will be no let up from the power crisis till July 15.
"Technical snags and lack of coal supply to thermal power units has hampered generation and the situation will improve only by August," he said.
He said five to seven hour power disruptions will continue till a lasting solution to the problem is found.
Haryana has an overall shortage of 1,700 MW.