If the bandh was not bad enough,the rising mercury added to the woes of Delhi residents on Thursday. The maximum temperature of 45.5 degrees Celsius on Thursday was the highest recorded in the Capital over the last 11 years. The temperature even peaked at 46.5 degrees Celsius in some parts of the city,including Palam Airport,said Met officials.
The maximum temperature was five notches above normal,said Met officials. Oppressively hot winds made matters tough for commuters stranded on roads due to the bandh. The minimum also rose four degrees above normal to touch 31.2 degrees Celsius.
Making matters worse,many parts of the city witnessed long hours of power outages and water shortage.
Meanwhile,three main circuits of the Delhi Transco tripped causing power outages in many parts of South Delhi for over six hours. Another snag in the Transcos sub-station at Mundka left many parts of West Delhi in the dark.
Officials of the Delhi Transco Limited said large unauthorised constructions which flouted norms on minimum clearance required for transmission lines,led to short circuits and tripping of circuits in Okhla and Mehrauli.
One circuit of BTPS-Okhla line tripped at 1.44 pm. Unauthorised constructions,which come in the way of power lines,causes lines to trip. Another circuit of the BTPS-Mehrauli line tripped at 2.12 pm due to a spark,which led to a fire. The second circuit of the line was shut around 3.30 pm to prevent the fire from spreading, said Rishi Raj,spokesperson for Delhi Transco Limited.
As a result,there was no electricity in many parts of South Delhi even late into the evening. Another snag in a 400 KV substation in Mundka around 2 pm led to power outages in West Delhi for as many hours.
With Haryana restricting water supply to Delhi by 25 million gallons for the third consecutive day,the city was high and dry on Thursday.
While the water demand goes up by 40 per cent during peak summers,the Delhi Jal Board has been able to produce only 780 million gallons a day against a demand of 1,200 million gallons a day. Officials said the water utilitys Ranney wells have also dried up.
The Met department,however,sounded some relief with its forecast of a dip in temperatures to 43-44 degrees Celsius over the weekend. The approaching of some western disturbances could lead to thunderstorms,dust storms and squalls in some parts of the city,bringing temperatures down by a few notches over the weekend, said B P Yadav,Director,India Meteorological Department.