In July 2007, 13 families living in independent houses in DLF City IV started an experiment: they pooled in money and set up a huge diesel-run genset and got the supply cables laid for each house. Their experiment succeeded. The 13 families had full power backup. Soon, all 35 families living around them joined in and now enjoy 100 per cent power backup.
What to do
Accord Gurgaon special status considering the annual increase in power demand of 20 per cent as compared to other cities where it is 7-9 per cent.
A dedicated power generation plant should be set up solely for Gurgaon.
Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commissioner (HERC) should let resident user groups source power from private players in neighboring cities.
The state should not issue fresh licenses to private developers to set up more townships until it has adequate power.
"In July 2007, we 13 like-minded families, suffering from long outages, decided to do something about the power supply front. We got a huge community genset installed at an open space in our locality instead of each family going for individual gensets," said Rajinder Sharma, a resident of DLF City (IV).
The cabling for each house cost about Rs 9 lakh. The installation and maintenance of the genset was outsourced to an agency. "Each family now pays Rs 11.74 per unit so produced and a minimum monthly amount of Rs 1,750 to the agency and gets 100 per cent power backup," said Rajan Dhawan, another resident of DLF City (IV).
This little experiment showed the way forward for many other localities —DLF City I (blocks C, D and S), DLF City II (M block) and two places in Sushant Lok-I and many other places— where people were suffering from power outages that lasted as long as 12 hours a day sometimes. People want an unbroken power supply and are willing to pay slightly higher rates for it.