It’s hot and Delhi is hungry for power
The city’s demand for power crossed the 4,111-MW mark for the first time ever leaving many areas to suffer power cuts lasting hours.delhi Updated: Jun 05, 2009 22:50 IST
The city’s demand for power crossed the 4,111-MW mark for the first time ever leaving many areas to suffer power cuts lasting hours.
Clubbed with this, there was a shortage of more than 700 MW of electricity on Friday with a technical problem in Mandola substation that cut off supply to Delhi from other states.
Delhiites continued to swelter under hot and humid conditions as the mercury touched the 42 degrees Celsius mark, one notch above normal as against Thursday’s 41.8 degrees Celsius.
The Capital witnessed the highest minimum temperature of the season this year at 31.8 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal, according to the Met Department.
“There was a problem in the Mandola substation which led to a temporary problem in some stations. The problem was reported around 4 p.m. and rectified by 5.30 p.m.,” said a Transco official.
The official added: “A transformers tripped in the Mandola substation which lead to a snag in two lines. This led to temporary halting of work at four power stations.”
There was also a reduction of 384 MW in Delhi’s total generation with a snag in three power plants —Indraprastha, Gas Turbine and Pragati.
East Delhi areas such as Laxmi Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Vivek Vihar, Preet Vihar, IP Estate, Anand Vihar, Mayur Vihar were the worst hit.
Parts of south and central Delhi were also affected by the reduction in power supply and suffered multiple blackouts. Areas such as GK I and II, Malviya Nagar, Dwarka, Patel Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Raja Garden, were affected.
“There was no electricity for more than three hours. The weather also gave no respite,” said VK Arora, a resident of Karkardooma in East Delhi.