The monsoon finally made it to Delhi. As power outages gave way to light showers on Sunday, citizens also got an apology from the powers that be. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said she was sorry that Delhiites had to suffer long hours of outages in the past few days when power had fallen short by an all-time low of 1,000 MW.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Dikshit said, "I apologise to the citizens. We are sorry. There was a power problem and the people have paid for it."
The CM said the problem arose because of the delay in monsoon and the snags in some generating stations from where Delhi got power. "These are variables which can't be predicted," she said. "But we've been doing our best and we’ll do our best to ensure that power situation is normalised." Dikshit said she had instructed distcoms and power department officials to ensure that power supply was not disrupted during the World Cup football final.
Thanks to the 10.4 mm rainfall in the Capital, the maximum temperature dropped by seven degrees to 31.4 degree Celsius. The demand for power also dipped — from last week's 3,800 MW to 2,975 MW — as people switched off their ACs. The Transco officials said there was no loadshedding on Sunday.
But will the good times last? For that, the rains should continue for a while. Two, the Nathpa Jhakri plant — from where Delhi gets 330 MW — should become operational from Monday.