Rains finally came to the rescue of power-starved residents of the Millennium City as the nip in the air ensured there were literally no electricity cuts on Sunday.
For probably the first time in this summer of distress, the electricity officials were able to meet the power demands, thanks to the drop in temperature and less demand from industrial sector owing to a Sunday.
The residents have been reeling under severe power cuts ever since summer began. Moreover, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam had recently announced that two major power plants had developed technical snags and supply would remain interrupted.
The residents were fearing for the worst, but the Saturday showers doused their concerns — for a while
On Saturday, DHBVN announced that a power plant at Jhajjar and Khedar, which generate 660MW of power each, had develped some serious technical snags.
The department had said that it would take a minimum of three to four days to rectify the problem and in the meantime it will impose power cuts.
"Rain came to our rescue. There was a drop in temperature and because of a holiday, there was no demand from the industries," said Sanjiv Chopra, superintending engineer (SE), DHBVN.
"I think we will be able to manage for the next two days as well since demand would continue to remain low owing to the rains," he further said.
Residents have been facing six to eight hours of power cuts on an average which have gone up to 10 to 12 hours in the last two days. The city received rainfall after a long wait on Saturday evening.
S Prakash, a resident of DLF Phase I, said there was a 12-hour power cut on Saturday.