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Power situation remains grim, 199 MW of load shedding

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New Delhi, May 2 (UNI) The power situation in the capital continued to remain grim today with nearly 199 MW of load shedding resorted to by the Delhi Transco in various areas even as the peak demand dropped to 3027 MW, from the season's high of 3240 MW yesterday.

Though the load shedding was within limits, it was possible only through slight overdrawals from the Northern Grid.

Delhi Transco sources said there is no other way to provide adequate supply to the people of Delhi than to overdraw from the Grid.

With overdrawing by states receiving power from the Grid continuing and with many of the Central power plants supplying power to it being non-functional, the Grid continued to experience frequency problems, with the power generation being far outpaced by the demand.

It is notable that the Central Electricity authority has asked all the nine states which draw power from the Northern Grid not to overdraw electricity from the Grid as the overdrawing has thrown the Grid into a precarious state, leading it to frequency problems.

However, Delhi Transco sources said some central power plants like ones at Dadri, Sanghrauli, Nathpa Jakhri and Indraprastha were soon expected to be in operation, improving the power generation of the Grid.

''We are hopeful of soon getting back to action with several central sector plants like the Dadri, Sanghrauli, the Nathpa Jhakri and Indraprastha. The annual maintainence work on these units, will soon be over and hence we hope to get them back to operation,''the sources said.

While the 500 MW Singhrauli plant is expected to be back in operation by tomorrow, the Nathpa Jhakri will resume operation later this week and the Dadri in the next ten days, they said.

With the operationalisation of the units the problem of frequency in the Northern Grid will be solved to a large extent, they said.

With the power demand already reaching the 3240 MW mark yesterday, Delhi Transco sources said that the demand during the peak Summer season could easily cross last year's maximum demand of 3626 MW experienced on June 23 last year.

With the peak demand rising by the day - the demand rose from 3000 MW on Friday to 3240 MW yesterday - any collapse of the Northern Grid , which accounts for a major proportion of Delhi's power needs, could send the capital in the throes of a power crisis.

Yesterday saw the capital face a power crisis after the Badarpur Plant, which supplies 630 MW power to Delhi, tripped after one of the transformers caught fire, affecting power supply to many areas in South Delhi.

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