The power shortfall in the city touched 1,000 megawatts on Sunday,with outages reported from all parts of the Capital for durations of 1 to 2 hours. Power Minister Haroon Yusuf has,meanwhile,requested National Thermal Power Corporation to restore pool quota of supply to the city.
The power companies have been suffering due to shortage of coal and wet coal over the past few days. NTPCs Dadri I,II,Singrauli,Rihand II,Farakka and Kahalgaon I and II have been supplying significantly less power than their installed capacities.
According to officials,the supply of coal will remain a problem for a while,as the mining and loading of coal has been affected due to heavy rain,and the ongoing festival season,in the mining areas of east India.
In addition,the temporary closure of the Agra water canal on Sunday affected supply from Badarpur Thermal Power Station and Rajghat and Gas Turbine power stations. These plants have cumulatively been producing about 410 MW less than normal.
The shortages have meant that discoms are overdrawing heavily from the Northern Grid and resorting to rotational load shedding.
Officials said the real impact of the shortage will be felt over the course of the next week. Today being a Sunday,the load was comparatively less,as was the quantum and duration of load shedding. The real impact might be felt tomorrow,if the situation continues,as demand goes up on work days, a discom official said.
According to NTPC sources,the power generation from Dadri plants has now reached full capacity. However,they said,the Agra canal is likely to be closed for a few more days for maintenance.