The Delhi government may have promised a power surplus summer this year but discom North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has earmarked at least three to four hours of scheduled power cuts for the next few months.
According to its recently circulated load shedding schedule, every area will have power cuts at least thrice a day — each time for an hour.
The discom left virtually no time of the day free from power cuts, which may happen both in the morning and evening.
As a result, expect power cuts at unearthly hours such as late night, early morning, between midnight and dawn. In several areas, every alternate hour has been earmarked for cuts.
What has irked residents of the discom’s command areas is that the schedule doesn’t just restrict to the summer months, but extends till October, when demand ebbs considerably.
The company officials assured that outages would be “rotational” in nature. “The load shedding will be rotated between different areas, if the need arises. It is a technical way of distributing the outages,” said Ajey Maharaj, NDPL spokesman. But this assurance is not breaking any ice with residents.
“There was no electricity between 11.40 and 12.40 in the night on Tuesday. What are these timings?” said Sanjiv Kumar, president of Delhi Residents Front, an association RWAs, and resident of Rohini.
“They have not spared any time of the day.” In some other areas, outages have been frequent, multiple times for about 20 minutes each.
“It has been blacking out five to six times a day,” said RP Tyagi, a member of Ashok Vihar B-Block RWA. According to guidelines, discoms are supposed to give out schedules for load shedding, but residents’ past experience has been bitter with such schedules.
Last year, discoms in Delhi could stick to their schedules as unavailability of power coupled with local breakdowns and even under-frequency relays made power cuts a permanent feature of the summer.