Delhi roasts at 45 deg C, power demands high
The city recorded the hottest day of the season on Wednesday at 45 degrees Celsius, leading to an unprecedented demand for power which touched a record high of 5,155 MW.delhi Updated: May 30, 2012 20:34 IST
The city recorded the hottest day of the season on Wednesday at 45 degrees Celsius, leading to an unprecedented demand for power which touched a record high of 5,155 MW.
Wednesday's maximum was five degree Celsius above normal and up from Tuesday's 43.5 degrees while the minimum was at 28.2 degrees Celsius, up from 26.8 degrees and one degree above normal.
"Mercury touching 45 degrees is not unusual for the month of May in Delhi," a MeT official said.
Hot winds added to the misery of residents reeling under a scorching sun.
As the temperature rose to 45 degree Celsius, the demand for power rose to 5,155 MW, which is an all-time high for the capital.
Only five days ago, the capital had set a new record in power consumption by touching 5,032 MW when the city recorded a maximum of 44 degrees Celsius.
The humidity during the day was between 16 and 32%.
On Thursday too, the Weatherman predicted, the day temperature may remain around 45 degrees Celsius.
According to the MeT Office, it will be a clear sky tomorrow with the temperature oscillating between 29 and 45 degree Celsius. Earlier, on May 10 and 11, the city had recorded a maximum of 42.6 degree Celsius.
A Delhi government statement said Delhi has broken all previous records in respect of the highest power peak demand today as it touched 5,155 MW at 3:23 pm.
"This was successfully met without any load shedding or diversion of power. All the distribution companies were geared up to meet the current peak demand of 5,155 MW which is highest peak ever in the history of Delhi," it said.
During last summer, the highest peak demand for a day was 5028 MW in August 2011
The statement said there was no shortage in bulk supply and no noticeable load shedding was reported due to any shortage in supply.
However, it said, any load shedding which occurred due to local fault was rectified within few minutes or shortest possible time.
The demand for power is increasing every year and during the last decade it has increased from 3097 MW in 2002 to 5155 MW in 2012. If the hot weather persists the demand may go upto 5500 MW this summer, a statement from Transco said.
It said the power consumption pattern of Delhi is quite different from other states.
"Normally there is a difference of around 20% between the maximum and minimum demands daily. But due to the soaring heat the difference between the maximum and minimum demand has been witnessed more than 50% daily.
"The minimum demand today was recorded 3276 MW at 06.49 am. This kind of situation put extra burden on power companies. When the power demand is minimum, the companies have huge surplus power and on the other hand when the power demand is highest these companies have to buy power on very high rates," Transco statement said.
Making a statement in Delhi Assembly, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said her government was committed to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the capital.
She said DISCOMS have been specifically told to put in their best efforts to act swiftly on receipt of any complaint during summer.
First Published: May 30, 2012 20:26 IST