The revised diesel rate will burn a hole in the pockets of residents. This is because residents living in high-rises depend on 100% power backup provided by diesel-run generators.
The Rs3 per litre rise in diesel price will in turn increase the cost of producing power from the current Rs10 per unit to Rs13 per unit.
Things will be worse in peak summer when outages are long, forcing diesel-run generators to hum for hours on. Residents have put the blame squarely on the Centre, for in the last few years this is the fourth time the Union government has revised diesel rate. The rate of petrol has been revised seven times during the same period.
"There are 800 apartments in our area. It is hard to say how long generators often run because that depends on power cuts. But generally we use 1,000 litres per day because we have 100% power backup. Now we will have to spend more money with the revised rates coming into force," said Brigadier Sood of Hamilton Court.
In Sood's locality, residents pay Rs8 per unit for using power provided by generators. At Heritage City, residents had been paying Rs11.72 from October to December 2010. They paid Rs12.40 from April to June this year. Now the rate is likely to rise by 70 paisa per unit.
"Things are not in our hand. We will have to pay the extra money," said Atul Batra, RWA president. "Inflation needs to be checked, or else we will be left penniless," Batra added.
There are five generators in Heritage City. They will consume 1,800 litres of diesel if they run for five hours continuously. Also, the city gets only five to six hours of power daily.
The cost of per unit of electricity supplied by Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam is about Rs5 per unit, whereas the cost of electricity gets doubled when power is produced with the help of generators.
Though in some societies it costs Rs8 per unit, in some societies it costs Rs12. But these rates will go up with the rise in diesel price.