Anurag Agarwal, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam MD, speaks to Sanjeev K Ahuja
What is the demand-supply gap in Gurgaon and why?
To Gurgaon, we supply about 1.05 crore units a day in an average which is the highest when compared with other districts of Haryana. The actual demand is 1.35 crore units. We fall short of about 30 lakh units per day. The percentage increase in demand in Gurgaon is about 20 units per annum against seven to nine per cent in other cities.
But you have not counted the demand being met by gensets. Reports suggest it is about 1,200 MW and you supply just 550 MW?
No, it is not true. If you take into account the power being generated through generator sets, then actual electricity demand in Gurgaon is about 800 MW only. It means that we supply to the tune of 630 MW to Gurgaon and rest is being generated through diesel-run generator sets. We have a deficit supply of 170 MW, not more.
Why does Nigam not accord a special status to Gurgaon?
We cannot discriminate between Gurgaon town and others as the people of other towns have equal right to electricity.
Gurgaon is facing eight to12-hour cuts. Why?
I do not think we apply cuts for more than two to three hours. Yes, in places where sub-stations, transformers and cables are overloaded, the distribution system collapses and it takes time to restore. Apart from extremely hot weather and delayed monsoon, low frequency in the Northern Grid, poor and over-loaded transformers in private townships are causing long outages.
Why do you not upgrade the distribution infrastructure in private colonies?
It is not our responsibility but of the developers who floated these townships.
Does that mean that neither private developers nor the DHBVN would upgrade the distribution system?
No, it is not the case as we have decided to take over the system. But before that we have approached the Town and Country Planning department to request its officials to recover the cost of upgrading the system from the developers as they were bound to do that as per the conditions of the license. After taking over the system, we would upgrade it on our own.
Do you have immediate relief for the people?
We would be power surplus by the end of 2011. We also have a 600 MW unit, which will be operational in Khadar village by November this year.