Delhiites continued to suffer due to long power cuts on Wednesday, with electricity tripping at least 10 times owing to coal and water shortage. However, power department officials have claimed that the situation will be better on Thursday as the thermal plants have started functioning completely.
Power minister Haroon Yusuf has also assured Delhiites that the power crisis will end on Thursday. Overdrawing by neighbouring states, especially Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, has also aggravated the situation.
“National Thermal Power Corporation’s power stations at Dadri, Singrauli and Rihand have started functioning properly. The situation should improve by tomorrow,” said a senior power department official.
According to the power officials, while three power stations at Rihand are functioning completely, power stations at Singrauli and Dadri will also start functioning as per their capacity. “Singrauli is currently producing 1,000MW and by today, the situation will improve as it will start producing 2,000MW,” added the official.
However, distribution companies carried out load-shedding even on Wednesday as there was shortage of at least 900 to 1,000MW at certain periods throughout the day.
Though the situation may improve, Delhiites will have to endure power cuts for a while as the Badarpur Plant is still not fully functional. “The maintenance work at Badarpur will continue till October 25,” said an official.
“For the past one week, we have been enduring long power cuts and till now, there has been no respite. The government should intervene,” said Seema Joshi, a resident of Munirka.