Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Less generation from many plants blamed for shortfall
Rajdhani, Narora plants have 2 malfunctioning units Maintenance work being carried out at GT Plant and Auriya
NEW DELHI: As the mercury continues to soar, so does the Capital's expectations of uninterrupted power supply. But even with a significant reduction in the duration and frequency of power cuts, the city faces a shortfall of about 583 MW of power on account of less generation from several power plants.
On Monday, when the maximum load was 3,311 MW and the city overdrew more than 200 MW from the Northern Grid, the total generation of power stood close to 990 MW. Claiming to be "surplus" in power, while Delhi has been able to sell 600 MW to Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh, it has been left to tackle several incapacitated units that together contributed to the shortfall.
While the Rajdhani power plant, Narora atomic plant and Indraprastha plant have two malfunctioning units each, the gas turbine plant has three units out of order, the Badarpur plant, Aurauli and Rajasthan atomic power plant also have one non-functioning unit each. The Rajdhani power plant is supplying 67.5 MW less than its usual capacity; 42 MW is the reduction in availability to Delhi from the IP plant and the gas turbine plant; 89 MW is less from Auriya, and 34 MW less from Singrauli.
Refuting the charge that the city's power crunch was because of bad management and upkeep of plants, official of the Delhi Government's Power Department said: "There are a few units that have broken down. In several other places like GT Plant and Auriya there is maintenance work being carried out and work is underway to get all the plants to generate to their full capacity."
The officials claimed that the "power supply position has been generally satisfactory". After days of recurrent power cuts, the total shedding was limited to 0.06 MUs against the supply of 63.3 MUs on Sunday.
Referring to the respite from load shedding, official said: "Though some of the generating units continue to be under forced outage, no shedding has taken place till 3 p.m. However, shedding in some areas in the evening hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. may become necessary."