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Before rain relief, power cuts torture Delhiites on hottest day

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 13, 2014
First Published: 22:16 IST(13/7/2014) | Last Updated: 22:18 IST(13/7/2014)

Before the rain brought relief for Delhiites from scorching, humid heat, many areas in north, northwest and east Delhi suffered power cuts on Saturday — the hottest day of the month.

According to Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), areas under its network suffered power supply restrictions on Saturday night and Sunday morning due to technical snags in Delhi Transco Limited’s (DTL)  grid substations in Gopalpur and Subzi Mandi.

The first interruption took place at 11pm on Saturday after a bus isolator jumper at DTL’s Gopalpur Grid caught fire resulting in power cuts in areas such as Jahangirpuri, Pitampura, Tiggipur, Civil Lines, Model Town, Wazirabad, Azadpur, Shakti Nagar, Gopalpur, Gulabi Bagh and Subzi Mandi.

“TPDDL managed to practically restore most of the power supply progressively within 10 minutes to 60 minutes of the interruption due to back feeding and alternate supply source. DTL could rectify their fault only by 1:30am on Sunday,” said a TPDDL spokesperson.

The second interruption took place at 1:20 am on Sunday after a distribution device at Gopalpur grid caught fire. It affected the power supply in areas such as Shahzada Bagh, BG Road, DU and Tripolia.

Power cuts were also reported from east Delhi localities of Mayur Vihar, Dilshad Garden, Vivek Vihar and Surajmal Vihar.

Delhi met an all time peak load of 5810 MW on Friday and in the coming days; it is expected to touch 6100 MW. “Considering this and in order to manage the uninterrupted power supply, both the Delhi Transco Limited and TPDDL systems have to work in tandem. Delhi Transco Limited has to immediately augment its transmission capacity, which is currently very constrained and vulnerable,” the spokesperson added.

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