Lower demand reduces outages

 The peak power demand on Sunday stood at 4,300 MW, requiring lesser load shedding in the city which has been experienceing slightly cooler days and receiving rain in some parts over the last couple of days.

But for some residents, lower power demand has not ended power cuts. Several colonies continued to face long blackouts. 

Load-shedding ranging from one to four hours continued in east and West Delhi. South Delhi residents, however, reported shorter cuts.

The power demand in the city had peaked last week when the mercury crossed the 45-degrees Celsius mark. A new peak power demand record for the season was set on June 11 at 5, 470 MW.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung issued directions to Chief Secretary S K Srivastava, senior officers of the power department and discoms to ensure that all projects requiring repair work, restoration and re-installation should be completed at the earliest.

Most of the repair works is related to the damage of power lines which occurred during the May 30 storm.

Officials said the Shalimar Bagh-Wazirpur 220 KV line will be ready by June 16.  The Bawana-Rohini 220 KV line has been restored through Emergency Restoration System (ERS), but it will take some more time to repair the damaged towers.

Work on permanent restoration of the Bamnauli-Pappan Kalan 220 KV Line has started though it was made functional through ERS.

Efforts are also being made for restoration of the Dadri-Loni-Harsh Vihar Line (400 KV), Mandola-Gopalpur 220 KV Line, the Maharani Bagh-Ghazipur 220 KV line, Badarpur-Ghazipur line and Maharani Bagh-Trauma Center Line.  

Officers of the Delhi government and the Power Grid Corporation conducted several site inspections. 

Srivastava inspected Bawana-Rohini 220 KV project along with Power Principal Secretary Arun Goel.

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