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Peak demand rises to 3332 MW, power cuts continue

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New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) With the demand for power in Delhi increasing with the rising mercury, power woes of the capital continued with the peak demand shooting up to 3332 MW, one of the highest this season, leading Delhi Transco to resort to a loadshedding of 356 MW.

It was for the third day running that the Delhi Transco has had to resort to power cuts in various parts of the capital as the total generation was 2976 MW, far short of the peak demand of 3332, a rise from 3276 MW yesterday, a Transco spokesperson said.

''Most of the loadshedding is being done due to the Northern Grid, 'which accounts for a major proportion of Delhi electricity needs, experiencing frequency problems due to its generation not being able to keep pace with the demands from the member states,'' the spokesperson said.

Low frequency of power in the Northern Grid due to overdrawing from the network by the other states in the region has, in the past few days, forced the Delhi Transco to take recourse to loadshedding to keep the grid under control.

The frequency problems experienced by the Northern Grid present a grim scenario for Delhi, whose power demands are rising with the soaring mercury - energy experts feel the demand during the peak Summer in June and July could touch 3900 MW.

So, more shortage could be in the offing in the coming weeks.

Nevertheless, Delhi Transco sources feel that with some Central power plants like those at Dadri, Sanghrauli and Indraprastha expected to be back into operation soon, power generation of the Grid might improve.

UNI AR SC RN1915

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