As power demand breaks day-old record, parts of south Delhi go dark

Power Minister Satyendra Jain directed the power department to seek regular status and daily reports from the discoms about consumer complaints and steps taken to address them.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 21, 2016 2:33:08 am
Residents of the capital are reeling under a heat wave. (Express Photo: Manoj Kumar) Residents of the capital are reeling under a heat wave. (Express Photo: Manoj Kumar)

The demand for power in Delhi continued to rise Friday, hitting an all-time peak of 6188 MW, as residents of the capital reeled under a persistent heat wave.

Large areas of south Delhi — including South Extension, Defence Colony, Nizamuddin, Vasant Vihar, East of Kailash and Jangpura — experienced power cuts, which power department officials attributed to issues with two transformers.

On Thursday, power supply to parts of west Delhi, including Dwarka and Uttam Nagar, was hit due to a snag in a transmission line caused by high consumption levels. The demand for power had breached 6000 MW for the first time the same day.

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Taking stock of the situation, Power Minister Satyendar Jain held a meeting with representatives from discoms BSES and Tata Power, and directed them to immediately deploy additional teams to deal with customer complaints.

Jain directed the power department to seek regular status and daily reports from the discoms about consumer complaints and steps taken to address them.

Delhi’s peak power demand has increased by over 8 per cent in just 48 hours, from 5733 MW to 6188 MW. Last year, power demand had reached its highest level — 5846 MW — on June 16.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government is drawing up an action plan to meet the increasing demand for water in the summer months.

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While over 200 new water tankers were added to the Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB’s) fleet in an effort to provide water to areas without piped water supply, parts of south Delhi suffered acute water shortage earlier this week.

“Some pipelines had burst due to construction activity in the area and water supply to south Delhi had been affected. The supply was restored Thursday,” said a senior official of the DJB.

The Board also claimed to have found a solution to the problem of high levels of ammonia in the raw water supply. “Ammonia treatment plants have been installed in order to ensure Wazirabad and Chandrawal WTPs do not shut down,” added the official.

He added that at least 10 E-Piyau (water kiosks) and water ATMs have been set up across Delhi to provide water to people in the scorching heat.

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