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Power situation grim

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, FEB. 3. The power situation in the Capital remained grim on Thursday as private power distribution companies resorted to around 300 MW of loadshedding and the functioning of the Northern Grid was affected due to low frequency.

Though the day and night temperatures have increased, the demand for power in the Capital has not declined. Interestingly, on Wednesday the peak demand stood at 3,009 MW and loadshedding of 170 MW was done, but today the peak demand was reduced to 2,792 MW, but due to lack of availability of power, loadshedding of 296 MW was done.

The main reason for this winter season's acute power shortage has been the downfall in the generation capacity of the hydropower plants. Due to poor monsoon last year, water levels at reservoirs at the hydroelectricity generating plants in the northern region have gone down, affecting generating capacity of these power plants. Several plants were not functioning at their optimum capacity, causing shortfall in supply. And due to excess demand and low supply, Northern Grid has been plagued by low frequency, thus affecting supply, experts said.

Another reason behind Delhi's aggravated power problem is the shutting down of three power generating units in the Capital -- one 30 MW unit of Gas Turbine power plant and two units of 62.5 MW each of the Indraprastha power plant. These units have remained closed for the past two weeks thus depriving Delhi of precious power. And with no immediate solution to this crisis in sight, residents in the Capital might have a difficult few weeks ahead.

On Thursday too, power in several areas remained affected. While some residents complained of frequent power cuts, some were angry over the unscheduled long hours of power cuts, particularly during morning and evening hours. The areas that remained affected today included Jehangirpuri, Sultanpuri, Ashok Vihar, Nangloi, Narela, Seelampur, Karawal Nagar, Najafgarh, Shakarpur, Laxmi Nagar, Bindapur, Uttam Nagar, Jafarpur, Okhla, Dwarkapuri, Shahdara, Pappan Kalan, Bijwasan, Tughlakhabad, GT Road, Jamia, Ghonda, Nandnagri, Palam, Mahipalpur, Uttam Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Kalkaji, Okhla and Dilshad Garden.

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