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Power demand breaks record, no relief from heat

delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2012 02:17 IST
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There was no respite from the scorching sun for Delhiites with the mercury remaining above normal levels to settle at the 41-degree mark.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 40.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, which is three degrees above normal, while the minimum was recorded at 33.3 degrees Celsius.

Tuesday’s minimum was recorded five degrees above normal, the MeT office said. The humidity was recorded between 23 and 42%

The MeT department has predicted a clear sky for Wednesday with temperature oscillating between 32 and 40 degrees Celsius.

What’s worse. Power demand in the city again broke all records on Tuesday, touching an all-time high of 5,389 MW, triggering outages in many areas due to mismatch in demand and supply.

The previous highest power demand in the city was recorded on June 22 when it soared to 5,330 MW.

“The maximum power demand in the city touched 5,389 MW which is a new record of power consumption in Delhi,” a power department official said.

Areas across the city faced power cuts ranging from one to four hours.

Another reason behind the outages was the 200MW cut in supply of power by the state-run power generation company NHPC to BSES for failing to pay up their outstanding dues.

The power demand in the city has been increasing at a rate of around 8% in the past few years and as per government projection, it will reach 5,500 MW this summer.

Last year, the demand had gone up to 5,028 mega watt, which was the all-time high demand till it was breached when the demand touched 5,032 MW on May 25.