A squall disrupted power supply intermittently in the south Delhi areas in the morning on Friday.
At around 5:30am, the 220-KV grid in Mehrauli, belonging to Delhi Transco, tripped and snapped supply to Green Park, Maharani Bagh, South Extension, New Friends Colony, Jangpura, Nizamuddin and adjoining areas.
“We had to wake up pretty early because the AC stopped running and the weather was stormy,” said Subodh Kant, a civil service aspirant living in Jungpura.
Around the same period, another 220-KV grid at Indraprastha tripped due to the squall, disrupting supply in Sarita Vihar, Jasola and nearby areas.
The grid was restored within an hour, but some areas continued to remain without power till 10am. “The power supply resumed after we called the complaint centre,” said Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Sidharth Extension.
“It is almost comical how every little disturbance, like a light squall, can render power systems worth hundreds of crores of rupees useless. Yesterday we were told that some birds had left some wires or twigs on some cable and that caused power cuts. It’s hilarious,” said Anil Kumar Jha, a resident of Kalkaji.
Transco officials said during both instances, supply as restored within a short duration.
Owing to the squall, the demand for power came down significantly for a weekday. At a maximum peak of 4135 MW, it was around 500 MW less than the demand on Thursday.