The Delhi government on Thursday warned of possible disruption of uninterrupted power supply to vital installations, including metro trains and hospitals, in the national capital amid deepening coal shortage crisis.
Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain held an emergency meeting to assess the situation and wrote to the Center requesting it to ensure availability of sufficient coal to power plants supplying power to the national capital.
“Due to disruption in power supply from Dadri-II and Unchahar power stations, 24 hours power supply to essential institutions including Delhi Metro and Delhi government hospitals may be affected,” a government statement said.
Jain said that at present 25-30 per cent of the electricity demand in Delhi is being met through these power stations and they are facing shortage of coal. He said the government was closely monitoring the situation and doing everything possible to ensure that people do not face power outages in some areas of the capital.
“These power stations play a vital role in preventing power cuts in some parts of Delhi and are also essential for ensuring continuous supply of electricity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), hospitals and people during the summer season,” the minister said. ‘
The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)’s Dadri-II and Jhajjar (Aravalli) were established primarily to meet the power requirement in Delhi, the statement said. However, even these power plants have very little coal reserves, according to the statement.
The Dadri-II, Unchahar, Kahalgaon, Farakka and Jhajjar power plants supply 1,751 MW of electricity per day to Delhi. The maximum supply of 728 MW to the Rajdhani comes from Dadri-II power station, while 100 MW is received from Unchahar station.
With the temperature rising in Delhi, the demand for electricity reached 6,000 MW on Thursday for the first time in the month of April. Officials of Electricity Distribution Company (Discom) gave this information.
According to the data of ‘State Load Despatch Centre’ Delhi, the power demand in the national capital stood at 6,000 MW at 3.31 pm on Thursday.
An official of the power distribution company said, “For the first time in April, the demand for electricity in Delhi has reached 6,000 MW. This is 3.7 per cent more than Wednesday’s 5,769 MW.
He said that due to the scorching heat in Delhi in the month of April this year, the demand for electricity in the city has increased by 34 percent since the beginning of the month.
The power demand in the city on April 1 was 4,469 MW.
Electricity demand is likely to increase further in the summer, breaking the all-time record at 7,409 MW on July 2, 2019.
The peak demand this year is expected to be around 8,200 MW, an increase of about 285 per cent from 2,879 MW in 2002, officials said.
An official of the Meteorological Department said that the maximum temperature in most parts of Delhi could be 46 degree Celsius.
(with input from news agency language)
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