According to reports, the searing heat today pushed the power demand in the city to an all time high of 5,155 mega watt, triggering power cuts in several areas due to the gap between the demand and supply.
The previous highest power requirement in the city was recorded on May 25 when the demand had touched 5,032 MW. The power demand broke all previous records on a day when mercury soared to 45 degrees Celsius, the highest of the season.
“The maximum power demand in the city touched 5,155 MW at 3:23 PM which is a new record of power consumption in Delhi,” a power department official said.The rise in power demand resulted massive load-shedding in areas across East, West, South and North Delhi. Supply of water was also disrupted with power cuts affecting various water treatment plants.
The government claimed that “there was no shortage in bulk supply of power and no noticeable load shedding was reported due to any shortage in supply of power”.
“The demand was successfully met without any load shedding or diversion of power,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s office said.
Senior officials in the power department admitted that power cuts occurred due to local fault in some areas.
“There was no power in our area for three hours,” Naresh Gupta, a resident of Burari area in West Delhi, said.
The power demand in the city has been increasing at a rate of around eight per cent in the last few years and as per projection of the government it will reach 5,500 MW this summer.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, making a statement in the Assembly, said government has made sufficient arrangement to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the city.