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Sultry weather adds to power woes in Capital

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Delhi's own generation of electricity is falling short by more than 1,000 MW during these days


  • Two gas-based power plants lying idle
  • Discoms resort to 600 MW of load-shedding

    NEW DELHI: The closure of offices, schools and other institutions on Sunday had no impact on the prevailing power crisis in the Capital as major parts of the city continued to reel under unscheduled power cuts throughout the day. With generation remaining very low, private power distribution companies had to resort to around 600 MW of load-shedding during the day.

    As the mercury remained above 38 degrees Celsius, the demand for electricity touched 3,400 MW. "Sunday being a holiday, the demand generally remains around 2,800 MW, which is easily met. But the hot and sultry weather this weekend saw the demand remaining unusually high and the crisis was aggravated due to massive shortfall in generation not only in Delhi but also in the Northern Grid," said a Transco official.

    While two gas-based power plants in the Capital -- Pragati and Gas Turbine -- are lying idle for the past few days due to non-availability of gas on account of the floods in Gujarat leading to a deficit of more than 550 MW, a crucial 210 MW unit of Badarpur thermal power station is also lying closed for maintenance for over a month now. As a result, Delhi's own generation is falling short by more than 1,000 MW these days.

    Similarly, the Nathpa Jhakri hydroelectricity plant in Himachal Pradesh is also shut due to high silt content, depriving the Capital of its share.

    The demand for more power from other Northern States has led to Delhi not getting additional electricity from the Northern Grid, which is also affected due to lower generation.

    Despite promises to its citizens, the Delhi Government has also failed to arrange for more power from other States, leading to massive shortfall in availability of electricity in the Capital.

    Almost all areas of Delhi were affected due to power shortage with the rural areas and unauthorised colonies remaining worst affected. Power cuts ranged from two to four hours, while in some areas it was up to eight hours.

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