Power cuts due to tripping caused by kite-flying is usual in Delhi... this time its fewer

The Capital kept its date with kites on the occasion of Independence Day on Saturday, but unlike in previous years the city reported fewer power cuts on account of tripping caused by kite-flying.

According to power distribution company BSES, about 45 incidents of tripping were reported from the area served by it. “Till 5 p.m. we had received 45 complaints of tripping caused by kite-flying. While 33 were received from BRPL areas, 12 were reported from BYPL areas,” said an official of the company.

He said power cuts as a result of such tripping were limited to a couple of hours at some places. “The stand-by teams were ready and we had already issued alerts to our teams. Their brief was to fix the problem in as little time as possible,” said the official.

In the NDPL area, only six instances of power tripping were reported till late in the evening. “Rain played the spoilsport and many people could not come out to fly kites. Also, there seems to be a general awareness about the problems that kite strings cause tripping when they hit power transmission lines,” said an NDPL official.

Last year more than 30 instances of power tripping were reported from South Delhi and West Delhi and 20 from East Delhi and Central Delhi. Another 48 incidents of tripping were reported in Delhi Transco Limited wires.

“The situation has improved over the years. In 2006, kite strings coming into contact with transmission lines led to as many as 86 incidents of tripping. Unlike in previous years there were no disruptions in the Delhi Metro rail services this year. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had, of course, urged people not to fly kites too close to the metro tracks,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the power situation in the Capital showed some improvement after the rain. All the three discoms were under-drawing power and the maximum load registered on the system was 3,276 MW. Rotational load-shedding was, however, carried out at a few places.

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