City's electricity consumption is expected to touch 400 MW on Dhanteras, which marks beginning of five-day festival of Diwali. It may even cross the mark. City's current power demand is 320 MW. Dhanteras, the day on which electricity consumption peaks during Diwali festivities, will fall on October 21 this year.
Madhya Pradesh West Zone Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (west discom) chief engineer Sanjay Mohase said power demand remains highest on Dhanteras because shops and markets are heavily decorated with lights to attract buyers. People buy jewellery, utensils, vehicles etc. as it is considered an auspicious day for purchase. The electricity demand decreases by few MWs after Dhanteras.
Compared to last Diwali, city's electricity demand has gone up by 80 MW this festive season. As per west discom record, energy consumption during 2013 Diwali was 318 MW.
The increase in energy demand this festival season indicates growth in business and increase in number of outlets opened in the city during last one year. "Also, people go for more flashy decorations and celebrations every year," a west discom official said wishing anonymity. Shopping malls along AB Road are an example. For last one month, malls are lit with dazzling lights, a fad which will continue till this month end.
Meanwhile, west discom has denied there is power crisis. "All is well. We are supplying power 24 x 7 in cities and villages," Mohase said. Discom officials say that they have surplus electricity which they are selling outside the state.
Ask them about the ongoing scheduled shut down during which electricity supply remains interrupted for there to four hours in city and they say it's because of post-monsoon maintenance and repair work of supply lines and transformers.