New Delhi: As the national capital reels
under sweltering heat and high humidity, the power demand in
the city today touched an all-time high of 4,668 mega watt.
This is the highest ever peak demand in the city. The
previous highest power requirement in the city was recorded on
May 24 this year at 4,581 mega watt.
"The maximum peak demand in the city shot up to 4,668 MW
at 03:34 pm. It is a new record of power consumption in the
city," a power department official said.
As the power demand rose significantly, several areas
faced power cuts ranging from two to four hours. Some areas in
South Delhi faced outages due to planned shut down of major
transmission lines to facilitate carrying out work related to
the Commonwealth Games.
In East Delhi, various localities faced power cuts for two
to three hours due a technical problem in a major transmission
Following increasing power demand in the city, power
distribution company BSES today appealed to their over 25 lakh
customers to use electricity judiciously.
The maximum temperature was today recorded at 44.1 degree
Celsius while the minimum was recorded at 31.1 degrees.
The highest power demand in 2008 was recorded at 4,034 MW,
while the peak demand in 2006 was 3,626 MW.
The power demand in the city has been increasing steadily
in the city in the last few years.
The availability of power from generating stations within
Delhi was 1,129 MW. Availability of power from central sector
stations was to the tune of 2,344 MW and through bilateral
arrangements 1,059 MW was made available.
"Total demand in Delhi in 24 hours from the mid night of
June 19 till mid night of June 20 was 84.605 million units
out of which 84.296 million units were successfully met and
0.307 million units shed due to transmission and distribution
constraints," said a power department official.
Walia said that during a special drive launched in
the last week of May, 56 samples of special packaged drinking
water were lifted from various areas of Delhi.
She said violators can be punished with imprisonment
from six months to three years under provisions of law apart
from sealing the plant.