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Facing heat: Gurgaon reels under power cuts

Faizan Haider, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, February 04, 2011
First Published: 23:26 IST(4/2/2011) | Last Updated: 23:31 IST(4/2/2011)

Though summers are not here yet, city residents are already facing the heat.

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Power cuts between six to nine hours daily has left them worried about the coming months when the mercury soars up to 45 degrees Celsius.

Long unscheduled outages have already begun haunting people in different parts of the city and residents are dreading a 'powerless' summer.

Meanwhile, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), the government electricity distribution agency, claims there is not much gap between the demand and supply at present and the outages are due to local faults.

“Since the fortnight, we have been dealing with power cuts up to eight hours on a daily basis. The situation is so bad that we even the invertors have got completely discharged. If we are facing a crisis in February what will happen in June and July,” asked a worried Taskeen Agha, who lives in Sector 56. The management of several condominiums and societies has already started using small-capacity generators to meet the daily requirements.

The authorities, however, claim all is well. “As against the total present average demand of 121 lakh units per day, Gurgaon is getting around 120 lakh units supply. In the city, we are able to meet power needs for 23 hours. Areas witnessing power cuts must be facing

it because of some local fault,” said Sanjay Chugh, DHBVN spokesperson.

Being an industrial and office hub, the electricity demand is believed to be at least 30 lakh units per day more than the government estimate. The power consumption in the city increases by 20% annually as compared to 7-9% in other parts of Haryana. The situation is no better in independent houses in plotted areas of DLF City, Sushant Lok, Palam Vihar, Southcity, sectors developed by HUDA and those in the old Municipal council jurisdiction.


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