New Delhi, April 8 -- Power distribution companies in the national capital are gearing up to meet record demand for electricity amid expectations of a scorching summer as the world's largest democracy goes to the polls.

According to the State Load Despatch Centre, Delhi, peak power demand in the national capital may cross 8,000 MW for the first time. Record demand for electricity in Delhi so far was 7,695 MW in 2022. Last year, peak demand in Delhi was 7,438 MW.

Power distribution companies are signing power purchase agreements and power banking arrangements, among other instruments, to meet the projected increase in demand.

"The peak load of the national capital is projected to reach 8,000 MW in late June or early July amid Delhi's an...