New Delhi: The power demand in the capital on Thursday broke all records, touching an all-time high of 5,653 MW, triggering long power cuts in several areas due to tripping of distribution network following increased load.
    
The previous highest power requirement in the city was recorded on July 5 last year when the demand touched 5,642 MW.
    
"The maximum power demand in the city touched 5,653 MW at 3:38 pm which is a new record of power consumption in Delhi," a power department official said.
    
Areas across the city faced power cuts ranging from one to five hours due to tripping of distribution network because of increased load, officials said. The demand, however, fell sharply to 2,222 MW following the showers in the evening.

"This is also a sort of record as never the demand fell so sharply," said the official.
    
Reports of long power cuts from across East, West and South Delhi were received following the rains. Officials from distribution companies said the outages took place because of uprooting of trees or tree branches snapping power lines.
    
"There was no power in my area for three hours," said a resident in Bhogal area of South Delhi.
    
The power demand in the city has been increasing at a rate of around eight percent in the last few years and as per projection of the government, it will reach 6,000 MW this summer.

 (Agencies)

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