Saturday, 9 August 2014

Power demand records third all-time high - Ramesh Bidhuri

NEW DELHI: As rains continue to be elusive, the hot and sultry weather set the electricity demand spiralling up till the capital reached an all-time high for the third time in seven days on Tuesday. At 3.20pm in the afternoon, the power demand touched 5,925MW.

A spokesperson for Delhi Transco said, "Before this, the highest demand was recorded on July 11 at 5,810MW. With rising heat and humidity, demand for power is rising and may go up to 6,100MW this season. Delhi has sufficient power to meet requirements. However, people are requested to use electrical appliances, especially airconditioners, judiciously."

The power department attributed the surge in demand to excessive heat and humidity and increased purchasing power of the consumer. Many households have switched to airconditioners which are being used round the clock. "During the last four years, there was an increase of 1,200MW in maximum demand. The city is seeing a 10-15% increase in demand annually," said an official.

Discoms had expected peak demand to be recorded in July. In fact, the department of power had directed them to prepare for a peak load of 6,200MW this season.

"Sunday afternoon's 26.5mm rain may have brought relief to Delhiites from heat, but it has caused humidity levels to shoot. On Tuesday, they oscillated between 52 and 85 per cent," said an official in the Indian Meteorological Departmentofficial.

Many parts of the city faced frequent interruptions in supply. Parts of east Delhi like Kalyanpuri, Mayur Vihar, Kondli and Ganesh Nagar suffered outages while MP Ramesh Bidhuri claimed that Palam, Chhatarpur, Mehrauli and Raj Nagar have been facing power cuts lasting 12 hours over the fortnight.

"Long power cuts have been reported in these areas. No one is listening to residents' complaints. Congress privatized discoms for its own gains but they are not delivering and are trying to evade a CAG audit. BSES should have prepared a summer action plan. We have approached the LG to resolve this issue. If the situation continues, we will stage a massive protest," the official added

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