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Summer of ?06: No change

The Delhi government is anticipating a shortage of 400 MW of electricity in peak summer.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 11:52 IST

Power outages and water crisis-- summer woes have begun for Delhiites. On Saturday, there was a shortage of 80 MW of electricity. Sunday was no better as many parts of the city went without power for hours. It will only get worse. The Delhi government is anticipating a shortage of 400 MW of electricity in peak summer.

As the city sweated, the Delhi Transco and power-distribution companies blamed each other for not announcing a "loadshedding schedule". While Transco argued that discoms should announce a time-table as they were responsible for supplying power, discoms said it was the job of the power-generating company as the demand for electricity varied each day. "There has been a problem in the past few days due to shortage in the northern grid," said a spokesperson of the Delhi Transco. "Whenever there is a scarcity, we inform the distribution companies. They should announce the details of load shedding in respective areas."

The residents are fuming at unannounced power outages. "There was a power cut every very few hours this past week," said Nidhi Gulia, a resident of Kailash Colony. Residents of Chittaranjan Park, Greater Kailash, Alaknanda, South Extension, Mayur Vihar, Janakpuri and Rohini had similar complains.

Sources said if power crisis persisted, water supply would also be affected. Last summer, the Delhi Jal Board was unable to supply water to many areas because it could not pump water due to power cuts.

Water is already in short supply in south and east Delhi. This summer, the DJB expects the demand for water to shoot up to 990 million gallons per day (MGD). However, it will be able to supply only 670 MGD. The additional water that has to come through the Sonia Vihar water-treatment plant is yet to be arranged.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 01:28 IST