While the power officials were busy explaining the disruptions in the MW jargon residents of south Delhi were wiping dry the sweat off their bodies.
It seemed that inclement mercury had conspired with the failing power equipment to make the torrid Delhi summer all the more difficult for them.
On Sunday afternoon, when the temperature outside was at its scorching best, residents of a number of south Delhi colonies were facing hours-long power cuts.
Though the technical problems behind the problem could not have provided succour to the resident, the transformer at Bamnoli tripped, resulting in a shortage of 150 MW. This resulted in power cuts in Vasant Kunj, Vasant Vihar, RK Puram, Munirka, and adjoining areas.
The problem continued for at least three hours with power distribution companies shedding load to meet the gap in demand and supply.
The power department claimed that the problem was rectified soon and the situation returned to normal. However, many areas continued to face power cuts.
Another glitch occurred in the Lodhi Road line, where due to a technical problem in a conductor bus bar, supply to the tune of 50 MW was affected. This line feeds area such as Jangpura, Kailash Colony, Greater Kailash, Lajpat Nagar among others.
The situation worsened with the maximum temperature touching 43.6 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal. Even the minimum temperature is off the charts. The MeT department has said that the conditions are unlikely to improve in the coming few days and no rainfall is expected.
"We are trying to repair it and the problem will be rectified soon. However, areas that are supplied power through Lodhi Road are being fed by other lines so load-shedding is not being carried out now," said a senior power department official.
"It is the same story every year. First water crisis and now power cuts are making our life hell. The voltage too has been fluctuating. The government needs to do something about it," said Rashmi Arora, a resident of Jangpura.
The power demand on Sunday touched 4,703 MW. Even as the situation in south Delhi was far from perfect for a Sunday off, residents of east Delhi may have to suffer power cuts as a conductor broke down at Kalindi Kunj in the Badarpur-Noida-Ghazipur line.
According to the power department officials, residents of areas such as Mayur Vihar, Patparganj, Ashok Nagar and adjoining areas may face power cuts due to the technical fault.
"The Badarpur-Noida-Ghazipur line is maintained by the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation. We have informed them about the problem but they said the repair work will be carried out on Monday morning," said a senior power department official.