42 C

One of the reasons why I am glad I got out of India.

Friday saw the beginning of the annual mid-summer nightmare for Delhiites. Air conditioners grunted to a halt, as an overstretched power grid left the Capital power-starved with only three-fourths of the supply flowing in.

Of the 2,503 MW daytime demand, only 1,903 MW came in. On Friday night large swaths of the city and its suburbs were reeling under power cuts.

The city faced the dual impact of heat — the mercury touching a peak 42°C and sweltering eight- to 10-hour powercuts.

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