Large parts of South Delhi went without electricity for several hours on Tuesday after two circuits tripped along the Mehrauli-Badarpur line.

According to the officials of the Power Department the incident occurred a little before noon, and left several South Delhi areas without power till late in the evening. The problem was compounded as the Mehrauli-Bamnauli Transmission line that feeds South Delhi is already under shutdown. And there was only one source left to supply power—the Mehrauli-Badarpur line.

“To ensure power supply to the Delhi Airport, Delhi Transco has to erect a transmission tower near Rajokri Flyover and this will connect the airport with Mehrauli-Bamnauli Transmission Line. This arrangement will provide direct feed to Delhi Airport sub station through a 220 KV cable. To carry out that work the Mehrauli-Bamnuali Transmission Line Circuit-I and II have been put under shutdown from Monday till June 20,” said an official.

He went on to add: “On Tuesday two circuits tripped, one conductor had fallen off and there was a flashover in the other that was close to a house. About 250 MW of load shedding was carried out and by evening we are hopeful of supplying about 200 MW of the power from the Badarpur line. However, due to constraints there might be a shedding of about 50 MW,” said the official.

Meanwhile residents in several areas including Vasant Kunj, Vasant Vihar, JNU, Malviya Nagar, South Extension, Nizzamudin, Jungpura, Lajpat Nagar, Green Park and their adjoining colonies went without power for several hours.

“The supply was completely erratic and the oppressive afternoon heat only made life more miserable,” complained Asha Sharma, a resident of Jungpura. An employee of a travel agency in Malviya Nagar, Divya Singh said the power cut resulted in chaos as the company’s work was seriously hampered. “Since most of the bookings are made online, it became difficult for us. Clients kept calling and we could not do anything in the absence of electricity,” she said.

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