Delhi power demand reaches new high

June 29th, 2009 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The capital city’s peak power demand touched a new high of 4,261 MW Monday as Delhiites continued to grapple with frequent power outages on a humid and sweltering day.
“The demand of 4,261 MW is the highest ever in Delhi. The maximum load shedding was to the tune of 231 MW,” a Delhi Transco Ltd official told IANS.

The city’s power demand Sunday was 3,957 MW. Prior to Monday, the highest power demand was recorded Saturday at 4,218 MW.

“Even though the temperature has come down a couple of notches, high humidity levels could be the reason behind this high demand,” the official said.

The humidity level recorded Monday was 72 percent.

“The maximum temperature recorded was 40.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees above average, while the minimum was 29.2 degrees,” a met department official said.

The met department said that the southwest monsoon is likely to advance over Delhi in the next two days.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit appealed to residents to adopt power conservation measures such as closing shops by 8 p.m and using air coolers instead of air conditioners.

On Sunday, Dikshit had given a stern warning to power distribution companies to improve the power situation in four days’ time.

A power department official said: “The load shedding schedule of discoms are being monitored closely and they have been asked to further reduce the fault redressal time and deploy more manpower for attending local faults.”

“An additional allocation of 100 MW has been made to Delhi through the central government, which has slightly improved the situation. BSES has bought 25 MW of power from Power Exchange Monday and will buy additional 25 MW Tuesday,” the official added.

Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, meanwhile, sent an order to the Public Works Department, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to ensure that street-lights are not switched on during daytime.

Mehta also issued instructions that all unnecessary lights be switched off in government buildings and that air conditioners be used at 24 degrees Celsius.

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