Delhi turns into power guzzler as mercury soars

Delhi turns into power guzzler as mercury soars

The power demand in the city today broke all previous records, touching an all-time high of 5,032 mega watt, triggering power cuts in several areas due to mismatch in demand and supply.

The previous highest power requirement in the city was recorded on August 2 last year when the demand touched 5,028 mega watt.

"The maximum power demand in the city touched 5,032 MW at 03:44 PM which is a new record of power consumption in Delhi," a power department official said.

With mercury soaring to seasons highest of 44 degree celsius, the outages ranging from one to four hours in several areas of the city made life miserable for people across the city.
"There was no power in our area for three hours," said a resident in Janakpuri area of the city.

The power demand in the city has been increasing at a rate of around eight per cent in the last few years and as per projection of the government it will reach 5,500 MW this summer. As per projection by Central Electricity Authority, the power demand in Delhi will jump to 8,700 MW by the year 2017.

As per official figure, the power demand in the city in the year 1905 was just two mega watt which had increased to 27 mega watt in the year 1947. The peak demand had touched 1,536 MW in 1992 while in 1997 it increased to 2,303 MW and further to 2,879 MW in 2001.

In 2002, the demand had gone up to 3,097 MW while in 2007, it touched 4,030 MW. In 2009, the demand went up to 4,408 while in 2010, it touched 4,720 MW.

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