There was no relief for the city from power cuts, even as the heat wave continued unabated. Large parts of the city faced outages on Friday night and for smaller durations during Saturday.
A technical fault was again reported at the DTL’s Pappankalan grid late on Saturday night. This resulted in load shedding in several parts of West Delhi. This is the second time that a fault occurred in the grid.
Even as the Delhi Transco Limited insisted there were no outages on account of system faults and failures, consumers from several areas in East, South, South-West and West Delhi claimed otherwise. “We had no electricity at night for at least four hours and there was no response from the call centre, the phones went unanswered and when we finally got through, there were vague reasons for the power cut. We keep reading in the papers that there is no ower shortfall and the discoms are supposed to rectify faults in the least possible time, yet, the ground reality is something else,” said R. Kapoor, a resident of Greater Kailash.
To assess the power situation in the city a review meeting was held at the Delhi Transco Limited. “There was a problem on Thursday due to the snapping of a 220 kV transmission conductor, but the situation was normalised by Friday morning. Power supply from our end has been normal,” said an official.
The peak demand on Saturday fell to 4,954 MW from Friday’s 5,214 MW.