Amid high humidity levels, Delhi’s power demand on Friday touched a new high of 6,268 MW, breaking the previous day’s record of 6,260 MW.
Friday’s power demand was registered at 3.10pm. The peak power demand had crossed the 6,000MW- mark in May. Before this, the last peak was 5,925 MW, recorded on July 11, 2014 .
According to a Delhi Transco Limited official, there is enough supply to cater the demand. “The demand in Delhi in 2002 was 3,097 MW. Various agencies speculated the demand may go up to 6,500 MW by the summer of 2017. Power secretary Sukesh Jain asked us to be prepared 7,000 MW if required,” he said.
Some areas in East, South and West Delhi reported power cuts on Friday. According to a power expert, due to the increase in demand round-the-clock, the network is not getting sufficient time to cool down.
The government had on Wednesday conveyed its concern to BSES chairman Lalit Jalan over frequent outages and sought a concrete road map for uninterrupted power supply in Delhi in a time-bound manner.
“We have asked for a concrete road map from BSES, including a timeline within which they will have to ensure uninterrupted power supply considering Delhi has surplus power. We put our concerns strongly as the city expected world- class facility after the privatisation of the sector,” a senior government official said.
The BSES discoms are likely to submit their proposals by early next week and another meeting is expected in another two weeks.
“Delhi’s demand is almost double that of Mumbai and three times of Chennai and Kolkata, respectively. The demand of the entire Northeast is less than half of the demand of Delhi. If the heat and humidity continues to persist, the demand of power may go up to 6,500 MW this year,” a Delhi Transco Limited official said.