With no respite from the scorching heat, power consumption in Rajasthan has gone up exponentially breaking all past records.
Highest temperature was recorded in Dholpur at 48.1 degree Celsius, while in other places the temperature dropped by a few degrees. But according to the Met forecast, heat wave conditions are likely to persist for the next couple of days.
The state witnessed highest-ever demand of power till date on May 17 at 1,701 lakh units (LU) as against the same period in 2012, the highest demand was 1,515 LU. For June, the power department is expecting an average monthly demand of 1,489 LU.
According to a source, the department is facing a deficit of nearly 100-150 LU against the total demand.
To bridge the gap, the department is purchasing power from the grid and is also arranging from other states through the banking system. Solar and wind plants together account for power generation of 50 LU.
Officials do not rule out power cuts in the days to come. At present, power cuts are due to local faults or technical glitches. But if the demand soars in June, there can be some scheduled cuts. But our efforts will be not to exceed it for more than 30 minutes at any feeder station, said a senior official of the Jaipur discom.
A few days ago, a 315-MW transformer tripped in Jodhpur leading to blackouts in the entire western region. Jaipur also reported power failure because of additional pressure due to sizzling conditions.