Overdrawing without disclosure adding to power crisis in Gurgaon

  • Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016 23:22 IST
According to the power discom, there has been a three-fold increase in load against the sanctioned load. (HT File Photo)

The city is reeling from power outages ranging from five to 15 hours during the summers every day. Old infrastructure, poor maintenance and lack of response to complaints have made power crisis even worse this year.

Apart from these, another issue leading to outages is the fact that consumers do not disclose the full load and draw more power than the sanctioned load that leads to feeders cracking under pressure.

A recent survey by power discom Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has revealed there has been a threefold increase in load as against the sanctioned load because of the use of multiple air conditioners and adding up of extra floors in the buildings. Out of 100 feeders in the city, overloading was noticed at 60% of them, an official said.

DHBVN officials said that they do not have sufficient manpower to check overloading as it is not only time consuming but also often leads to clashes.

There is a provision of charging penalty but for that, officials have to check overloading in a building, said Sanjeev Chopra, superintending engineer (operations) DHBVN Gurgaon. He said there is a provision of penalty of Rs 100 per kilowatt for overloading but the amount is too small and it requires extra staff.

He said efforts are on to spread awareness among residents through welfare associations and other methods for disclosing overload so the discom could sanction a proper load.

The discom launched a Voluntary Disclosure Scheme for a month early this year but it did not receive an overwhelming response. The discom received only about 100 applications. The scheme was meant for consumers in the categories of domestic, non-domestic, agriculture and industrial in rural and urban areas.

Under the scheme, consumers desirous of declaring unauthorised load voluntarily could apply for load extension and get it done without any penalty.

“Problem is that people do not want to disclose load even when given an opportunity. The issue will be resolved automatically through smart meters that will be installed under the smart grid project,” said Chopra.

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