The onslaught of intense heat, accompanied by frequent power cuts, continued even on Wednesday. There was no respite from the soaring mercury in the city as the maximum temperature recorded was 45.3° Celsius.
The week started off with 45° Celsius as the maximum temperature and it is likely to remain hot in the coming days. However, there might be a slight dip towards the end of the week, with the mercury expected to slide below 45° Celsius.
Areas such as New Colony, sector 21 and 22, Laxman Vihar, Ardee City and other localities reported frequent outages during the day. “Power went off at least three to four times and it affected water supply,” said RK Chaudhary, a resident of Ardee City.
Chopra said outages took place because of extra or additional power consumption against the installed or sanctioned load. “Short-circuits are the most common reasons that cause power cuts and that happens when people consume more than the installed load,” said Sanjiv Chopra, superintending engineer, DHBVN.
Despite the heat, discom Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) recorded lesser consumption compared to Tuesday’s 1,100MW.
“Wednesday remained a bit comforting as the power consumption figure did not cross the 200 lakh (roughly 1,000MW) units/day figure, compared to nearly 250 lakh (roughly 1,100MW) units used the previous day,” said Chopra.
Meanwhile, Haryana chief secretary PK Chaudhary has directed all those working at Haryana civil secretariat to ensure that all electrical appliances are switched off before they leave the office. “It would prevent unnecessary wastage of power. If this directive is neglected, the branch in-charge will be held responsible,” the chief secretary said.