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In the Capital:Youngsters cooling off at Rajpath as the temperature broke all the past records on Saturday.
In the Capital:Youngsters cooling off at Rajpath as the temperature broke all the past records on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: With the marked increase in temperature on Saturday, the demand for power in Delhi also continued to remain high. Though the city met a peak demand of 3850 MW during the day, it has petitioned the Centre for more power from the unallocated quota.

The Delhi Government has also written to the Centre to take action against those States that do not maintain grid discipline and therefore have been endangering the Northern Grid. “The issue is not so much about demand for power as it is about low frequency on the grid due to extra withdrawal of power by some States,” said Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday.

She said due to the fall in frequency, Delhi too had to cut down power in some areas so that the system did not collapse. “We want this issue to be addressed and have also sought more power as we have not got our promised quota of power from the Damodar Valley Corporation,” Ms. Dikshit said.

The city has been facing power cuts on account of under frequency relays caused by overdrawal of power from the Northern Grid by the other States. An official said: “Delhi discoms have made adequate arrangements for power, yet the under frequency relays have been frequent and leave the power companies no option but to carry out load shedding.”

The Delhi Government has also pointed out to the delay in the supply of power from the Damodar Valley Corporation and the shortfall that it has led to. It has sought more power from the Centre's unallocated quota to rule out a huge demand crisis.

Delhi was supposed to receive 400 MW of power from DVC, but manages to get barely 40 MW. “The discoms were aware of the projected demand for the summer, but the rise in April has been sudden due to the unprecedented increase in the temperature. While they have made arrangements for the next few months, a little more from the unallocated quota will only help in meeting the demand that has been rising at a rapid pace,” said the official.

The peak demand for power in the city on Saturday was 3830 MW, slightly lower than the previous demand. The fall in demand was due to the less consumption of power on account of most offices being closed on Saturday. Power cuts ranging between one to three hours were reported from several areas in South, South West and West Delhi.

“There was no electricity for almost an hour and a half during the evening and with that there was no water supply as well. The heat is unbearable and without adequate power and water, the discomfort has been aggravated,” said Namita Jain, a resident of Jangpura in South Delhi.

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