In scorching heat, Okhlaites battle power cuts
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Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
MAY 19, 2011: With the temperature soaring to around 42 degree Celsius and long hour power cuts, Delhiites, including residents of Okhla, are having hard times. Locals are complaining that with long hour power cuts they are even unable to sleep at night. A resident of Abul Fazal Enclave, Shabana Firdous, said: “For the last one week the power situation has gone from bad to worse. I could not sleep the whole night as there was no power.” Others residents are also feeling the heat. Zakir Nagar-based Wasi Ahmed said: “Things have really gone bad this year. Long hour power cut has made life difficult. There is no point having cooler or air condition as they can’t work in the absence of electricity.”
Come summer the situation of power gets bad in the Capital city with the government always promising a power-cut free summer. But it has always failed to keep its word. Most officials attribute power cuts to increasing demand of electricity in summer. The maximum peak load of power touched 4823 MW on May 18 at 16:10 hours, claims a senior electricity official. This is the maximum demand so far during this summer. The availability compared to the peak demand was 4486 MW.
But, the Delhi government has assured residents that things would be fixed soon. For this to happen, the Sheila Dikshit government is trying to arrange additional power from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and Central Pool to meet increasing demand due to the high temperatures.
Senior officials said: “It may be recalled that Delhi is, in fact, a power-surplus state and it would have been able to meet today’s peak demand but for interruption in supply from Jhajjar and Dadri plants due to major technical snags and cable faults. Due to the outages in major generating stations of Aravalli Power Project at Jhajjar and Dadri, 490 MW could not be made available to Delhi. Only because of this DISCOMs resorted to load shedding at few places on rotational basis in Delhi.”
A release issued from the office of Chief Minister mentioned: “The city government is concerned of the situation and has contacted the Union Power Ministry. The Government is arranging additional power from DVC and Central Pool. The request, it is understood, is being processed. It is expected that the power situation will improve very soon. It is also expected that availability of 490 MW of power from Jhajjar and Dadri will take few days to start. It will help in making power situation comfortable in the Capital city.”
Everybody is waiting for the power situation to stabilize so that they at least stop sweating at home.
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