The summer season is still far enough, but Gurgaon’s denizens have already started facing power outages.
Residents woke up to a powerless Sunday after the Yamunanagar power plant broke down due to the increase in agricultural load.
Electricity was supplied to households for barely an hour in the morning, following which there was no supply throughout the day. Not only Gurgaon, the entire state of Haryana faced a blackout on Sunday.
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (DHBVN), the second unit of the Yamunanagar power plant, had broken down as it failed to take the increasing agricultural load.
"This is the paddy and wheat season. Electricity is being used for agricultural purposes. Due to the load, some machines broke down. We will try to fix the problem by Sunday night," said Sanjeev Chopra, superintendent engineer of Gurgaon circle, DHBVN.
The Khedar power plant at Hisar was also shut down due to technical problems, said an official at the control room.
"With a slight increase in load, the machines stop working. There is need for new and better machines," said an official at the Hisar control room on the condition of anonymity.
Gurgaon and Haryana have been facing scheduled power cuts for a long time.
The city, which has been divided into two zones, was scheduled to have two power cuts on Sunday.
Electricity cuts were to be imposed in Zone one from 6am to 7am and 2pm to 3pm, while in Zone two, it was scheduled from 9am to 10am and 1pm to 2pm.