There seems to be no end to the power crisis in the Millennium City. Residents and industrialists are pushed to the edge as the city continues to face outages of 12-14 hours.
As against the daily demand of about 200 lakh units, city gets 120 lakh units, a clear-cut deficit of about 80 lakh units a day. According to Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) sources, shortage of coal, coupled with major technical snags at power plants in the state, has resulted in a 15% shortfall in power production.
Meanwhile, Haryana power minister Capt Ajay Singh said the crisis would not ease before July 15.
“Technical faults at our power plants and less availability of coal for thermal units have hampered generation and the situation will become normal only by August,” he said.
The minister said two power generating units in Yamunanagar having a capacity of 300 MW each are shut. A 600 MW capacity unit in Khedar plant and another in Jhajjar district, are also not generating power.
"There is close to 1,700 MW power shortage in Haryana," he said.
Yadav said the state government had signed a contract to purchase 350 MW or more power from power surplus states.
This way the problem can be solved partially. “Jhajjar plant would start functioning soon and this would solve the power crisis to a great extend. The state had purchased 500MW power till June 15 to tide over the crisis,” he added.
The residents fume that despite Haryana government earning 47% of the total revenue from Gurgaon, the city was not getting even 10% of the total power supply. However, the authorities dismissed the claim.
Meanwhile, prolonged use of generators by high-rise buildings, malls and industrial units has fuelled shortage of diesel in the city.
Representatives of the Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce said the power crisis had affected the industrial production in the city.
Long hours of power cuts have rendered inverters redundant and many residents are forced to sleep in their cars. Rajiv Lamba, the president, Essel Tower RWA, said, “This time our power back-up bill has gone up three-fold. Now, there is shortage of diesel in Gurgaon and we have to arrange it from Sohna.”
The power crisis is set to burn a hole in the pockets of residents. "Gurgaon's power demand is almost 50% of the electricity that southern Haryana districts need. Our distribution system, including transformers and feeders, has been augmented and there are hardly any problems when it comes to power distribution. However, if the frequency is low or there is less supply, we have hardly any control over the power cuts," said superintending engineer Subhash Deswal.
Developers charge almost R8-14 per unit for power from gensets while, DHBVN charges only R4.53 per unit.
Meanwhile, there were reports of lifts not working in some of the high-rises due to the overworked gensets developing technical problems. The power crisis had triggered a huge water crisis in the city.
Amit Aggarwal, managing director, DHBVN, said, “There is certainly gap between demand and supply. But still we are purchasing power from market and we are hopeful that things would improve.”
“We are imposing power cut of 4-6 hours only. At no point of time the cut of 12-14-hours has been imposed,” he added.