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'Premium power supply won't hurt average consumer'

The ambitious plan to ensure round-the-clock power supply at a premium to gated communities and malls in the city will not adversely affect consumers not availing the facility, the discom said.

gurgaon Updated: Oct 27, 2012 02:10 IST
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The ambitious plan to ensure round-the-clock power supply at a premium to gated communities and malls in the city will not adversely affect consumers not availing the facility, the discom said.

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) had proposed to set up 'reliability power feeders' that will supply electricity at a price of R7.75 per unit, against the current bulk supply rate of R4.73. Such special units will be set up for single-point consumers, such as high-rises, and Haryana discoms will soon write to the state regulatory body, Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC), seeking permission.

"We would ensure almost round-the-clock supply, sourcing power from multiple sub-stations, and only major grid failures would result in outages. These 'reliability' feeders would not be subjected to regular power cuts that are done to de-stress the distribution infrastructure. We will also deploy a dedicated group of engineers, maintenance and repair staff," said Devender Singh, chairman and managing director of DHBVN and UHBVN (Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam).

Gurgaon has about 1,000 high-rises and nearly 50% of these are dependent on diesel-run captive power plants (CPPs) for power back-up. These units run in the buildings' basement and produce electricity at a cost of about R12 per unit.

Sanjiv Chopra, the superintending engineer and head of DHBVN's Gurgaon circle, said, "Power supply would not be diverted from the bulk consumer. We will only multiple sources and provide better infrastructure facilities, such as full-load transformers that do not break down at times of excessive load."

A majority of sub-stations and transformers in New Gurgaon localities have not been upgraded for decades following a tussle between private developers and the Haryana government on the issue of footing the bill.

"Residents reel under power cuts despite adequate supply due to the outdated infrastructure," Singh said.