Ghaziabad is feeling the heat, literally. Long power cuts have thrown life out of gear here. Most range from six to 10 hours a day, and can go up to 12 hours. This, despite the city contributing nearly R125 crore of the state’s power revenue.
Despite being projected as an affordable housing destination, Ghaziabad lacks a proper power infrastructure. Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) officials said the demand has shot to 1,000MVA this summer against a supply of 700MVA. The demand, as per estimates, is rising at a rate of 12-13% every year.
“This season has been terrible. Local officials don’t take calls and there is a huge dent in our monthly budget,” said Kuldeep Saxena of Indirapuram RWA confederation.
Indirapuram, Vaishali, Vasundhara, Delta colonies, Sahibabad, Shalimar Garden among other areas have reported outages due to local faults, scheduled, non-scheduled cuts and overloading of sub-stations.
“The transmission network supply capacity falls below our Distribution’s installed capacity, which leads to power cuts,” said PK Maheshwari, chief-engineer (distribution).
Transmission’s superintending engineer SP Ram said once four new 132KV sub-stations at DPH, Kanha Upvan, Tila-Morh and UPSIDC area are ready, the power situation will improve, work on which is on.