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Back-up plan costs a bomb

india Updated: Oct 15, 2011 01:50 IST
Divya Sethi
Divya Sethi
Hindustan Times
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Power bills are burning a hole in the pockets of residents as they have to depend on diesel generators for power, thanks to erratic power supply.

According to estimates, more than 1,000 highrises and nearly 6,000 industrial units consume diesel gensets on a daily basis for uninterrupted power supply.

Brigadier Kamal Sood, who stays at Hamilton Court, said, "There are nearly 800 apartments here and it is difficult to provide details regarding the number of hours these generators run on a daily basis amid erratic and unending power cuts. However, when we used to have scheduled outages, we easily used 300 litres of diesel per day. With diesel gensets our only ray of hope, unscheduled load-shedding is turning out to be a major worry."

Another case in point is Heritage City where residents pay Rs 11.50 per unit for power supplied through generators.

"Keeping in mind the current state of affairs, one can well imagine how difficult it would have been without a back-up system," said Atul Batra, president of the Heritage City RWA.

With 10 generators at work, the society easily consumes 1,041 litres of diesel per day if they run for five hours continuously.

And, amid nearly 10 to 12 hours of outages daily, one can imagine the amount of money being spent on fuel.

Deepak Maini, general secretary of the Gurgaon Industrial Development Association, said, "We are managing with generators every day as we need them for 12-14 hours. In one hour, we burn about 10 litres of diesel."