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Outages in East Delhi, no immediate relief

As if scorching heat and unbearable humidity weren't enough, Delhiites had to face long hours of power outages in several areas on Monday. The reason: Reduced power supply from a few plants.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2013 00:04 IST
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As if scorching heat and unbearable humidity weren't enough, Delhiites had to face long hours of power outages in several areas on Monday. The reason: Reduced power supply from a few plants.

East Delhi was the worst hit as the Noida-Delhi 220KV transmission line is still being repaired. The transmission link had broken down around 10 days ago in the Noida segment due to a storm. Many areas in this district faced power cuts of up to five hours. The situation is likely to continue for another week, said power department officials, as initial attempts to repair the transmission line failed.

"The Badarpur Thermal Power Station-Ghazipur 220 KV line, maintained by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), is still under repair. The area is currently being fed with the help of Delhi Transco. Areas such as Mayur Vihar, Patparganj, Ghazipur, Pandav Nagar, Ganesh Nagar will face power cuts over the next few days," said a discom official.

Also, Delhi was getting 430MW less power from the Maithon and Nathpa Jhakri power stations due to which load-shedding to the tune of 100MW was carried out across the city on Monday, power officials said.

"On BSES Yamuna Power Limited's (BYPL) request, last week Delhi Transco had loaned 220KV jointing kits and cable spools to the UPPCL for fixing the line. It was expected that UPPCL will be able to restore it in a couple of days. But now it has been learnt that the UPPTCL is procuring cable and joints from the original manufacturer in the US, whose employees are expected to arrive by Monday evening," said a senior official.

A number of areas in west and south Delhi, such as Janakpuri, Raja Garden, Rajouri Garden, Paschim Vihar, Pankha Road, also faced outages. "Every day, power goes off for at least two hours. We are facing low voltage in this extreme heat," said Gulshan Rai, executive member, RWA Janak Puri.