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Power cuts are back again

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, NOV. 28. Though winter is yet to set in, but the Capital is already experiencing heavy load-shedding. For the second consecutive day on Sunday, several areas of East, Outer and South Delhi remained powerless for most part of the day.

Due to low frequency in Northern Grid and closure of three units of Pragati power plant and one unit of Badarpur power plant, the Delhi Government's power transmission company -- Transco -- had to resort to 301 MW of load-shedding. On Saturday also, load-shedding of 400 MW was done leading to severe power crisis in several areas of the Capital.

According to a Transco spokesperson, as there was already a dip in supply of power from generation units while demand for power was increasing steadily, Northern Grid experienced extra load during the day due to the problem of overdraw from different States. Moreover, three units of Pragati power plant having generation capacity of 330 MW and a 95 MW unit of Badarpur thermal plant also remained non-operational, further aggravating the crisis in the Capital.

The areas that remained badly affected during the day included Khampur, Mangolpuri, Sultanpuri, Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Jehangirpuri, Bawana, Narela, parts of Rohini, Seelampur, Bhajanpura, Karawal Nagar, Najafgarh, Sriniwaspuri, Ambedkar Nagar and Sangam Vihar.

And this may be just the start of long powerless winter for Delhiites this season as power generation is likely to dip further as the mercury starts falling.

Significantly, the Delhi Government has already warned the residents of the Capital that this coming December and January there could be shortage of power. Transco has also sought people's cooperation in meeting the situation by switching over to less power consuming equipment and using electrical appliances like geysers only during non-peak hours.

In its recent statement, the Delhi Transco Limited had said there could be shortage of power during morning and evening peak hours from December 15 till the end of January 2005. It had asked consumers to reschedule their power requirements especially during the morning peak hours such as avoiding switching on geysers between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.

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