East and south Delhi were among the worst hit as the city reeled under a spate of power cuts. Officials cited increased humidity levels as the reason for the outages. The power department also hit out at power discoms for not upgrading infrastructure that, they said, also led to power cuts.
According to sources, there is no gap in power demand and supply and mostly, local faults have been the reason behind the outages. “Inadequate number of transformers across the city has led to power cuts. Discoms have not upgraded their infrastructure as old transformers cannot handle the excess load. This causes regular tripping of power lines. Increased humidity has only worsened the situation,” said a senior Delhi government official.
Humidity level on Monday ranged between 85 and 57 per cent while the temperature touched 37.2 degree Celsius, three degrees above normal.
Many parts of east, south and central Delhi faced power cuts on Sunday night and on Monday. Areas such as Malviya Nagar, Khirki Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Sarita Vihar, New Ashok Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Laxmi Nagar were among the worst hit.
Power discoms also attributed the outages to local faults as well as individual complaints and denied carrying out any load-shedding.
This summer has seen power demand rise to new highs almost every week. “If the weather continues to be so hot and humid, power demand may rise further,” said the government official. And with more people buying heavy electronic gadgets, the load on the system will only go up.
To handle such a situation, the power department revealed that it is the middle of establishing a 400KV substation of 1,425MVA capacity at Harsh Vihar, which is at the advanced stage of completion. “But BSES (Yamuna) has not laid 66KV lines to supply the power. In their absence, BSES will be unable to supply the power it’ll receive from the Harsh Vihar substation,” said the official.