With light rains in the evening, the mercury came down by a degree Celsius and so did the power demand in the Capital, which plunged by 200MW on Saturday.
The power demand in the Capital remained at 4,888MW. Nevertheless, there was very little respite for the Delhiites as some areas of the Capital — south and west Delhi — remained power-starved which led to outrages. On Saturday, Delhi received around 600MW less power from the different power plants.
“There were rampant power cuts in west Delhi in the afternoon. Some areas of south Delhi also remained powerless during that time but the situation was better than what it was on Friday, when the power demand touched 5,178MW,” said a senior power department official.The power department said supply was affected on Saturday as there was snag in a unit of the Badarpur Thermal Power Plant. The Capital also got 300MW less electricity from Damodar Valley Corporation and 200MW less power from the Bawana Power Plant. "We did not receive 95MW of power from Badarpur, 300MW power from Damodar Valley and 200MW from Bawana Power Plant which led to outages in some parts of west Delhi," the power official added.
Due to this shortage, the residents of south and west Delhi had to spend the scorching afternoon without electricity.
“It was really hot in the afternoon and it became unbearable as there was no electricity. However, light rains made the weather pleasant in the evening,” said Sanchi Agarwal, a resident of west Delhi.
The MeT department has predicted a temperature of 42 degrees Celsius for Sunday, which is a couple of degrees less than what it was on Friday. This plunge in temperature will keep the power demand around 4,800MW in the Capital.
The water supply in west and east Delhi also remained affected as the water treatment plant couldn’t function due to power shortage.