Peak power demand in Delhi touches new high

Amid hot and humid conditions, the power demand in the national capital today touched an all-time high of 4,581 mega watt.

Last Updated: May 24, 2010, 20:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid hot and humid conditions,
the power demand in the national capital today touched an
all-time high of 4,581 mega watt.

This is the highest ever peak demand in the city. The
previous highest power requirement in the city was recorded on
July 8 last year when the demand had touched 4,408 MW.

"The maximum peak demand in the city shot up to 4,581
MW at 2:52 pm. It is a new record of power consumption in the
city," a power department official said.

The maximum temperature was today recorded at 43.4
degree celsius while the minimum was recorded at 30.2 degrees.

Although power department claimed that they met the
successfully, several areas across the city reported power
cuts of varying duration.

The department said it had successfully met the demand
despite the fact that some of the transmission lines had been
shut down to carry out construction work linked to
Commonwealth Games.

A 220 KV transmission line has been shut down to carry
out construction of a metro line in South Delhi while another
220 KV line was closed for construction of the elevated road
over Barahpulla Nala.

Alternative arrangements were made to supply power to
areas where which were affected by the shut down.

The highest demand in the year 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 power department official said discoms arranged
additional power to the tune of 1,259 MW from the mid night of
May 22 to mid night of May 23.

PTI