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Rs 2,000-crore remedy for Haryana’s electricity woes

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, May 02, 2013
First Published: 01:46 IST(2/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:48 IST(2/5/2013)

In a bid to strengthen electricity distribution in Haryana, the power utilities have drawn up a Rs. 2,000 crore  plan which will increase supply by three hours within the next three months.

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The plan, which has three major targets, will be executed during the next two years. The targets are — evacuation of already available additional power to increase supply, to provide reliable and qualitative supply by removing all system constraints and to reduce aggregate technical and commercial loss.

This was announced by Devender Singh, chairman and managing director of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, in a meeting of senior officials of the utilities.

Singh said the power distribution utilities intend to increase power supply by three hours, adding that the need was to strengthen the distribution system and reduce of AT&C losses in villages.

He pointed out that all houses in villages where AT&C losses are less than 25% have feeder meters.

 He said that villages which opt for safe and reliable new model of power distribution and have AT&C losses less than 25% will be treated as ‘zero power cut’ villages and will be supplied power as per urban pattern.

Under the new system of power supply, a low-tension distribution system is being re-laid and meters are being shifted to pillar boxes. The old bare conductor is being replaced with accident-free insulated cables. Each consumer will be given independent cables emanating from the pillar box.

The news has been welcomed by the residents of Gurgaon, which faces power woes every summer. The Millennium City  has a demand of 2 lakh power units per day as against the supply of 1.5 lakh units. The city has over three lakh electricity consumers.

Moreover, the city’s electricity demand has been rising steadily by 15%-20% as against the state average of 7%-9% annually.

Under the new system, a proper energy audit and indexing of installations will be ensured.

There has been a huge drop in complaints from villages where people have installed the new system as it has eliminated overloading and also reduced AT&C losses.

The utilities are organising camps in villages for ‘on the spot connections’ so as to regularise unauthorised connections.


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