Things are going to get better on Delhi’s power front in the upcoming days. On Thursday, the grid frequency improved after the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) pulled up Uttar Pradesh and other northern states for overdrawing power. Its ripple effect was witnessed in Delhi where fewer power cuts were reported.
Uttar Pradesh had been overdrawing heavily due to which the situation had become critical, said power officials. “A petition was filed by the Northern Regional Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC), stating that northern states had been overdrawing power. UP was pulled up for drawing when the frequency had been very low. They have been told to maintain grid discipline,” said a senior official.The power plants of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) were fully functional on Thursday. "NTPC is supposed to provide us 2,027MW and they gave us more than 2,000MW on Thursday. So there was no load-shedding on Thursday," added the official.
Delhi power minister Haroon Yusuf said that Dadri, Singrauli and Rihand power plants of NTPC have already started functioning while the Badarpur plants will start functioning within a week. “Delhi has been drawing more than 2,000 MW from the central pool as against the 2,317 MW capacity allocated to Delhi,” said Yusuf.
The city saw one of the worst power crisis in the past week due to coal and water shortage. Though the situation has been normalised, some parts in Delhi still continue to face power cuts.
“Though the situation is likely to improve, but due to the extent of the shortfall, load shedding will be carried out on a rotational basis,” said a discom official.
Areas which will witness power cuts on Friday include Alaknanda, GK, Nehru Place, Nizamuddin, Defence Colony, Nehru Place, Sarita Vihar, Vasant Kunj, Saket, Hauz Khas, Lajpat Nagar, RK Puram, Najafgarh, Jaffarpur, Mundka, Punjabi Bagh, Janakpuri, Tagore Garden, Vikaspuri, Palam, Dwarka among others.