With the weather in Delhi remaining hot and sultry and the temperature edging closer to the 40-degree mark, the city’s power demand broke all records on Tuesday to touch a high of 5,925 mega watt.
Several parts of the city also suffered hours-long power cuts, which, officials said, was because of overload on the Gwalior-Agra line. Before Tuesday, the highest power consumption in the city was recorded on July 11, when it had gone up to 5810 MW.
“The maximum power demand in the city was recorded at 5,925 MW at 3.20 pm, which is a new record in Delhi,” a Power department official said. The rise in electricity demand caused power cuts ranging from one to four hours, even as officials claimed there was no shortage of power in the city.
While there was no let up in the maximum and minimum temperatures recorded on Tuesday with both remaining considerably higher than normal, the Met department said rains were expected on Wednesday in some parts of the capital.
The maximum temperature on Tuesday was recorded at 39 degree Celsius, five notches above normal, while the minimum settled at 28.5 degree Celsius, two points above normal. The humidity levels oscillated between 52 and 85 per cent, Met officials said.