No respite from heat, protests in Old Delhi over 5-hr outages

Written by Express news service | Updated: Jun 8 2014, 12:02pm hrs
Delhi continued to reel under a severe heat wave, which was compounded by power cuts across the city on Saturday. With winds blowing up to 32 kmph, the temperature did not see a further rise after recording 47.2 degrees, the highest maximum in June in 19 years on Friday.

The maximum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung met observatory on Saturday was 44.9 degree Celsius, a 0.1-degree fall from Fridays 45 degrees. The Palam observatory recorded 47 degrees on Saturday.

While Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) struggled to revive its infrastructure after the damage caused by the storm last week, there was no let up in power cuts on Saturday. DTLs Badarpur-Ghazipur line tripped, affecting a load of about 125 MW to BYPL discom and leading to outages in East Delhi .

The long power cuts, nearly five hours, forced residents of Turkman Gate in Old Delhi to take to the streets in protest on Friday night.

BSES officials said, Power theft is very high in the area. There was a snag in the area which took four hours to repair.

Meanwhile, the AAP, on Saturday, slammed the BJP for the power crisis in Delhi, alleging that the BJP-led NDAs government at the Centre was unconcerned with the power crisis in the capital.

When people are paying for electricity why should they be deprived of it for long hours in the torrid heat Instead of having sent the top bureaucrats at this critical juncture to study the so-called Gujarat development model, the priority should have been to ensure uninterrupted basic amenities for the people, an AAP statement said.

Further, the AAP alleged that the BJP seemed to be safeguarding the interests of the discoms and not the residents of Delhi.