While discoms continued to blame weather conditions for local faults, south Delhi supplier BSES Rajdhani blamed a blanket for disrupting power supply in a large part of Sheikh Sarai, where residents said they had no electricity from 1pm to almost 9pm. "Due to strong winds in the afternoon, a blanket from a house fell on top of our transformer and caused some friction. It caught fire, which spread to the cables.
This was a freak accident and our team attended to it as soon as we could," said BSES Rajdhani officials. Residents of the area were not happy with the explanation. "The least the discoms can do is to give us updates on when power supply would be restored and the nature of the problem. But their helplines are completely clueless about the situation. We can only be grateful to the weather, as it made staying without power bearable," said a resident of the colony.
Power sector experts said there was excess availability of power on Thursday. As per the state load dispatch centre (SLDC) the peak demand of about 4,400 MW went down to around 3,500 MW when households started switching off their air-conditioners after the dust storm. Officials of the power department said that all of a sudden there was so much power available that some units of the generation station had to shut down to avoid complications.
Source- Times of India