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Distcoms trip, helplines sink

india Updated: Jun 13, 2009 00:47 IST

It rained power cuts across the city on Friday.

The outages ranged from one to six hours. Private power distributing companies, especially in south and west Delhi, failed to provide uninterrupted supply even when the peak demand was a modest 3792 MW in the afternoon.

Janak Puri and Dwarka endured cuts from early morning to afternoon.

In South Delhi areas like CR Park, Alaknanda and Greater Kailash-II, the afternoon and evening were particularly bad.

“Power generation in Delhi was bad and there was a fault in transmission lines in west Delhi,” said a distcom official, explaining the cuts.

But residents were angry as the distcoms cut off power supply without warning.

“The neighbourhood associations were supposed to be given schedules of outages so that residents could prepare accordingly. But it looks like all those promises were just hot air,” said S Oberoi of Janak Puri C6 RWA.

The Delhi government had launched three citywide helplines for powercut-related complaints on Thursday. On Friday, the helplines were flooded with grievances.

“With such pathetic service, no wonder they did not get a hike in power tariff. They do not supply power when we need it the most, so they do not deserve a hike,” said Renuka Ahuja, a housewife in GK-II.

Delhi on Friday did not generate more than 1027 MW — 300 less than its capacity — at the time of peak demand.

Moreover, the tripping of two power transformers in west Delhi for 45 minutes in the afternoon made matters worse, causing load shedding of around 130 MW.