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Long power cuts hit Capital

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, SEPT. 8. Several parts of the Capital today experienced long hours of power cuts which the discoms and Delhi Transco officials attributed to low frequency in the Northern Grid.

Senior officials of the Power Grid Corporation of India, however, said there was no shortfall in supply of electricity. "We have only stopped them from overdrawing power from the grid as there is considerable gap between demand and supply in the region. At the same time, we have ensured Delhi gets its share of power," a top Power Grid official said.

Senior Transco and discom officials, however, claimed that the crisis in the Capital was directly related to the ongoing crisis in the Northern Grid. "For most part of the day, there is low frequency in the grid as a result of which we are being forced to resort to power cuts," a senior Transco official said. On Wednesday, the maximum loadshedding was 200 MW and the peak demand met was 2,956 MW.

Among the worst affected areas today were Patparganj, Preet Vihar, Dilshad Garden, Nand Nagri, Seelampur, Rohini, Shalimar Bagh, Azadpur, Seelampur, Mangolpuri, Jehangirpuri and Pitampura. Power cuts were also reported from large parts of South Delhi.

In Bodella, Jafffarpur, Nangloi, Matiyala, Pankha Road, Janakpuri, Vikaspuri, Tilak Nagar, Uttam Nagar and adjoining areas, the BSES had to resort to loadshedding due to breakdown of 220 KV Najafgarh sub station. In Rajender Nagar, residents had to experience power cut due to a cable fault.

Residents staying in North and North-West Delhi complained that the NDPL, their discom, was not responding to their complaints.

"There is no response from the complaint centres," alleged Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Sector XIII, Rohini, the colony which has been experiencing long hours of power cuts almost daily for the past one week now.

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