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Ahead, Diwali sans lights

india Updated: Oct 12, 2011 01:47 IST
Divya Sethi
Divya Sethi
Hindustan Times
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Get ready for a black Diwali this year as the power situation in the Millennium City, which has been reeling under the crisis for the past 15 days, is going to get worse.

Authorities have said that acute shortage in the electricity supply is likely to persist for another fortnight or even more.

Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), the power distribution company, has warned that the current situation may continue for another fortnight.

The breakdown at two major production units has resulted in shortage of 1,800MW supply.

The situation got worse after the discontinuation of 400MW supply from the central power grid. The total consumption of power in the state is nearly 4,200-4,400MW.

Power plants situated at Khedar (Jhajjar) and Yamuna Nagar are not functioning due to technical snags. Besides, disruption in the coal supply from various states has further aggravated the situation resulting in total blackout in Gurgaon.

"We are aware of the current crisis. Our two units are closed because they are not getting coal supply from Andhra Pradesh following political turmoil in the state. The shortage might continue for another 10-15 days," said Mohammad Shaheen, managing director, DHBVN.

"We are trying to buy electricity for Diwali from private players, but so far we have not received any assurance from them. Our efforts are on to improve the situation before the festival of lights," he said.

Residents of the city have been facing power-cuts of 15-18 hours a day for the last 15 days. Though the consumption of electricity has gone down, they are compelled to manage without power.

Daljit Singh Khokhar, a resident of Sector 7, said, "Life has become hell. Invertors are not working as they never get power supply to get charged."

"Things were much better in this summer, but when we expected that everything would be right, the situation has got worse. Because of this ongoing power-cuts, the daily routine has got affected," he added.

The long and frequent power cuts have seen residents setting up community captive power plants to meet their needs.

What, however, they had not bargained for is the fact that such long and frequent cuts have been taking place at a time when water is also being pumped in.

And as a result of the power cuts, they are denied access to water and have to turn to tankers to meet their needs.

Frequent outages leave city dry
Most areas, which are reeling under power-cuts lasting upto 15 hours a day, are now facing the problem of water supply. Residents are suffering because of frequent outages.

People are demanding that a proper schedule should be announced so that they could plan their day accordingly. But Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has expressed its inability to announce a schedule as it is wary of the supply situation in next 15 days.

YK Srivastava, senior vice-president, Sector 56, RWA, said, "There is a power-cut of almost 15 hours every day. When there is a power-cut during morning hours we are compelled to stay without water too. We want authorities to announce a schedule for morning hours."

Raja Ram Yadav, general secretary, Sector 15, part II RWA, said, "Things have blown out of proportion. After every hour there is a power-cut. In our area, we have power-cuts of 14-15 hours. Even invertors are not getting charged. And again there is a constant noise of generators, which are further causing air pollution too. If there had been a fixed schedule it would be easier for residents."

Mohammad Shaheen, managing director, DHBVN, said, "We cannot announce the schedule. We do not have an idea about the next day. If we announce the schedule and next day we do not been able to meet that, then residents would further get furious."

He said, "These power-cuts are not being imposed by our department simply to save electricity. It is because of problem in our two units and we have no clue that how much power we would have for the next day."

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