The electricity department is mulling a policy to take over the power infrastructure in builder areas so as to streamline electricity supply in private colonies.
Additional chief secretary (power) Rajan Gupta made this announcement while attending an open camp to redress electricity related complaints at Gymkhana club.
Gupta also said that keeping in mind the increasing load in the city, an additional electricity circle may be established in Gurgaon. Representatives of 25 residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) and more than 150 individual complainants approached the camp in which officials replied to grievance and redressed some complaints on the spot.
The camp was held after chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar directed the electricity department to hold grievance redressal camps for the convenience of consumers.
An official said that there is a problem of getting land from private builders for setting up infrastructure. As many as 46 sites are needed for setting up substations in the city but land for only 12 sites have been cleared. The department has taken possession of eight sites, the official said.
The issue of electricity connections in a 900-metre area near the ammunition depot was also raised. The matter is stuck in the court and the court’s directions will be followed, an official said.
Elaborating about the smart grid project, Gupta said the project will provide 24X7 electricity. He said all electric cables and feeders will be laid underground. Consumers may have to pay 50-55 paisa per unit as reliability surcharges for electricity under the project, he said.
President of Palam Vihar RWA Sunil Yadav said the camp is just meant to get the nod from residents to increase tariff in the name of the smart grid project.
Managing director of DHBVN Arun Kumar Verma, chief engineer (operations) Delhi zone Balwant Singh Chauhan, DHBVN superintending engineer (operations) Gurgaon Sanjeev Chopra and local discom officials were present in the camp.