Power crisis likely to worsen

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Capital's power woes are likely to get worse with the fall in the mercury level during the ensuing harsh winter months.

Though load-shedding in the city remained less than 200 MW on Saturday, the past few weeks have seen Delhiites facing unscheduled and frequent power cuts with the supply falling short by 200-300 MW, mainly due to a generation crisis in the Northern Grid.

The peak demand during the past few weeks has ranged from 2,300 MW to 2,700 MW, while the availability has remained around 2,500 MW against an assured supply of around 3,500 MW. On Saturday Delhi Transco Limited had to resort to 190 MW load-shedding as the peak demand touched 2,592 MW.

Delhi is supposed to get around 1,500 MW from the Northern Grid and another 450 MW from Badarpur thermal power station here, while its own generation capacity is around 700 MW. But during the past few months, the Northern Grid has been facing an overall shortfall of 4,000 to 5,000 MW, curtailing supply to Delhi.

Moreover, Delhi's own generation is far below the optimum level.

Significantly, the 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri hydroelectric plant in Himachal Pradesh, from where Delhi's share is over 300 MW, has been facing a major technical snag after the monsoon with only two of its five units functional.