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Discom says city top priority, residents beg to differ

india Updated: Jul 05, 2012 01:21 IST
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The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), which has been drawing flak for poor management of power supply in the city, has tried to control damage by dishing out statistics. According to the officials, Gurgaon is getting more power than any other town in the state.

However, this has failed to cut on ice with the residents, who have been reeling under 12-18 hours of power cuts.

Being a commercially-important city, it is getting more power supply compared to other towns in Haryana, DHBVN officials claimed on Wednesday.

But residents say the situation improved only marginally in areas where people took matters into their hands and protested on the streets on Tuesday. The remaining areas are still power-starved.

"The generator set is the only way out for us. We are not happy with the way we have been forced to manage with inadequate power supply. This is despite the fact the World Bank has sanctioned huge funds for power improvement in Gurgaon," said Dr Gautam Sood, a resident of Sector 14.

On the other hand, the DHBVN officials maintained that there power supply had been poor for a few days due to increased demand and inadequate supply in the state, but the situation has considerably improved during the past 36 hours.

"As per scheduled hours of power supply, the requirement of power for urban domestic, non-domestic and industrial consumers in Gurgaon is about 160 lakh units ( 115 LU urban + 45 LU industries) a day. And, the DHBVN has supplied 144 lakh units (107 LU urban + 37 LU industries) daily during the month of June, 2012,' an official said.

As per schedule, the urban domestic and non-domestic consumers are to get supply for 20 hours a day against which the DHBVN has maintained an average of 20 hours a day. Moreover, industrial consumers have been given supply for 16.35 hours a day on an average against the schedule of 18 hours. There have been tripping and break downs in the distribution system locally," said DHBVN officials.

Gurgaon is connected to the Haryana power transmission grid via six substations of 220 KV capacity. Official said the power demand in Gurgaon has increased by 5-6 lakh units over the past three days.