New Delhi: The power demand in the city on Tuesday touched 4,717 mega watt, the highest of this summer, even as various areas continued to reel under loadshedding due to growing gap between demand and supply.
"The maximum power demand was recorded at 4,717 MW against yesterday`s 4,619 MW," said a power department official.
The previous highest power demand was recorded on May 17 when it had touched 4,633 MW. The maximum demand in the city had reached an all-time high of 5,028 MW last summer and it is projected to reach 5,500 MW this year.
With rise in demand, areas across east, west, north and south Delhi continued to face outages for upto two hours due shortage of power as well as local faults in the distribution network.
"There was no power in our area for two hours," said a resident of Palam in West Delhi.
Power department officials, however, claimed there was no shortage in power, saying arrangements have been made to ensure uninterrupted supply of power during peak summer months.
"The outages take place due to local faults and overdrawal of power from the Northern Grid by the neighbouring states," they said.
Overdrawal of power by the neighbouring states from the northern grid forces Delhi to restrict drawing its full quota, they explained.
"If we also overdraw power, then there is a possibility of collapse of the grid," they said.