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Peak power demand crosses 4000 MW mark

delhi Updated: Apr 20, 2010 23:11 IST

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Sweltering heat coupled with load-shedding continued to make life miserable for citizens in most parts of the city today with the peak power demand crossing the 4,000 MW mark for the first time this season.

The peak load was recorded at 4,035 MW at 3:32 pm while the minimum load was 3,393 MW at 10:20 am, a Power Department official said.

Yesterday, the peak demand in the city was recorded at 3,978 MW.

Several areas across the city faced power cuts for one to two hours' duration although the Northern Grid reported just one under frequency relays.

Power Department officials had yesterday blammed the increasing under frequency relays caused by neighbouring states drawing more power than their stipulated quota from the grid for the situation.

On Sunday the Northern Grid had reported 42 under frequency relays.

Power Department officials claimed that in most of the areas, power cuts today ranged from 30 minutes to one hour at the most.

However, residents in several localities complained of outages lasting upto three hours.

"There was no power for almost two hours in our locality," said Riti, a resident of Palam area in West Delhi.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had yesterday sent a letter to Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde requesting him to direct the neighbouring states not to overdraw power from the Northern Grid as it leads to power crisis in Delhi.

With power demand rising due to sweltering heat, Dikshit has also requested the Centre to allocate more power to the national capital from its quota.