Delhiites continue to suffer from outages
The national capital continued to reel under long power cuts amid hot and humid conditions with some areas even facing power cuts for three to four hours.
Power department officials attributed the loadshedding to planned shutdown of major transmission lines as well as to local faults.
Several transmissions lines in South Delhi were closed to help PWD and other agencies carry out works related to Commonwealth Games. The officials said most of the areas in South Delhi faced a string of power cuts as the Badarpur-Okhla transmission line was closed from 7 am to 12 noon.
Residents in Bhogal and Ashram said the loadshedding in their areas lasted for four hours. Long outages ranging from two to four hours were also reported from several areas in East and North Delhi.
"There was no power in our locality for about four hours. We complained to the local BSES office. But nobody responded to our complaints," said Narendra Kumar, a resident of Bhogal.
Power department officials said the maximum demand on Wednesday was recorded at 4,537 mw. The power demand in the city on Monday had touched an all-time high of 4,668 mega watt. The previous highest power requirement in the city was recorded on May 24 this year at 4,581 mega watt.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had Tuesday directed the power distribution companies to pull up their socks and ensure uninterrupted power supply.
At a meeting with chief executive officers of all the three private discoms, Dikshit had told them that the city has enough power to meet the rising demand and government would not take the loadshedding "lightly".
Officials said the availability of power from generating stations within Delhi was 1,118 MW while the city got 2,379 MW from central quota and another 1,311 MW from bilateral arrangements.
The discoms of Delhi arranged additional power to the tune of 1,532 MW in the last 24 hours.
An official of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd said to cater to the increasing demand the discom bought 18 per cent additional power in April and May this year comparing to corresponding period last year.
He said BSES Yamuna Power Ltd bought 15 per cent more power in April and May this year corresponding to same period last year.
The official said both the companies are doing their best to ensure that the consumers do not face any inconvenience.
Some good Samaritans have stepped up to help those in need by distributing food, water and other essentials. Shailee Mayur Shah, who runs a Facebook page, Smile Collectors says: “Whenever I step out of my home (Phase 5, Gurugram), I keep water bottles in my car and distribute them among those working on construction projects, digging or laying roads, and also manual rikshaw drivers and delivery agents.” Also doing their bit for autorickshaw drivers is Roti Bank, which is distributing towels.
A 30-year-old man died of electrocution near the Hebbal bus stand on Saturday night after he accidentally came in contact with the live electric wire. It was reported that the man came in contact with a live electric wire, illegally drawn by a private advertisement company to light up an advertisement panel at the bus shelter. The victim's body has been shifted to Dr BR Ambedkar Medical College Hospital, said Police officials.
In a bizarre case, Bengaluru Police tracked down a 36-year-old who had stolen a car on the pretext of taking it for a test drive. MG Venkatesh Naik (36) from Amruthanagar in the city and Bagegpalli in Chakkaballapura district met Ravindra Elluri (47), a resident of the Coffee Board Layout and an engineer on January 30. I turned out that Naik who met Elluri at 7PM was using a stolen phone. Naik confessed to the crime.
Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta kickstarted the party's 'Pol Khol campaign' against the AAP government in Delhi on Sunday from the Rajinder Nagar assembly constituency, where a bypoll is due to be held. Gupta said, “This is to expose Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal...failure to deliver on promises in the past seven years.” Despite repeated communication, AAP couldn't be reached for comments.
An 81-year-old man was arrested by Gautam Budh Nagar Police on Sunday for alleged 'digital rape' with a minor over seven years. Police said the suspect was living with the 17-year-old victim as her guardian. Police said the man, an artist by profession, had an office in Himachal Pradesh and one of his workers sent his minor daughter to live with him, so that she could get an education.