The power crisis in Delhi has hit rock bottom with large parts of the city witnessing outages lasting several hours. With the ongoing festive and wedding season, the crisis has left Delhiites stranded.
The grid frequency kept fluctuating throughout the day affecting the voltage too. There was a shortage of close to 1,000MW on Monday.
The Badarpur Plant, which generates 700MW, was down, producing 330MW because of temporary closure of the Agra canal by UP irrigation department. In addition to this, the on-going coal shortage also reduced the availability of power.
National Thermal Power Corporation's (NTPC) several power stations have been hit by coal shortage across all regions and are supplying significantly less power than their installed capacities. According to the officials, mining and loading of coal to these stations has suffered due to heavy rains and strikes which have affected coal production at several mines.
"Today is Laxmi Puja and we found it extremely difficult to perform the rituals as there was no electricity since 10am. We have been hearing about coal shortage but the government needs to find a permanent solution," said Asha Mitra, a resident of Sarita Vihar.
The worst affected areas were Sarita Vihar, Greater Kailash-II, Kailash Colony, Amar Colony, CR Park, Defence Colony, Mayur Vihar, IP Extension, Krishna Nagar, RK Puram, Jamia Nagar, among others.
"Discoms carried out heavy load-shedding in many areas to save the grid from collapsing," said a senior power department official, stating further that due to lack of availability of power, distribution companies are either indulging in overdrawing from the grid or carrying out heavy load shedding to avoid a total power blackout.