The much-hyped 'no power cut' scheme launched by the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) as a 'reward' for areas where recorded aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses were below 6% has fallen flat in the city. The city has been facing 12-15 hours of power cut daily for the past several weeks. The power crisis has taken a heavy toll on domestic and industrial users.
Under the scheme, industrial feeders which have reduced ATC losses to 6% or less had been exempted from all scheduled power cuts.
Similarly, to enjoy the benefit of the scheme, an urban feeder had to limit the AT&C losses to 10% and an independent feeder to 3%.
Based on these criteria, more than 100 feeders were identified by DHBVN that included nearly 25 feeders in the industry hub, Udyog Vihar. The industrial area houses nearly 1,250 industrial units, including several IT majors and two five-star hotels.
Though industries have fared marginally better than residential areas, they have also been dealing with nearly 5-6 hours of outages daily for the past week. Loss in productivity and cost overruns on backup diesel generators are forcing industrialists to bear the full brunt of power cuts.
"There is an overall loss of productivity of 20-30 %," said industrialists.
Himangshu Vaish, president of chamber of industries, Udyog Vihar, said, "We are even willing to pay extra if the authorities source power through open bidding in the market."
However, small industries, which are already running on thin profit margins, are the worst-affected. "I can neither afford to run diesel sets for such long hours nor can I pay more to DHBVN as my profit margin is too thin," said an industrialist, who runs a cotton-fabric manufacturing unit.
On the other side, the discom seems to have run out of solutions. Subhash Deswal, superintending engineer at DHBVN, Gurgaon, said, "We have raised the issue with the higher authorities."