Apart from causing inconvenience and affecting normal life, long power cuts in Gurgaon are also burning a hole in the pockets of residents.
People say their monthly budgets have gone haywire as their expenditure on diesel to run generator sets has gone up almost three times.
The state’s power distribution agency, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), however, claims they have ‘surplus’ supply and do not need to buy electricity from other states.
In the absence of regular power supply, residents are compelled to rely on generators or power back-up system. While the DHBVN charges Rs4.53 per unit of electricity for domestic purpose, power back-up costs between Rs8 and Rs14, depending on society managements.
Generators are not only proving to be expensive but are also an increasing source of pollution, residents complain.
Mehak Sharma, a resident of Beverly Park-1, said, “Our electricity bill is very high. Thankfully, it is winter now or you can imagine how much the bill would have been in summers.”
According to power department officials, the entire state is experiencing an unprecedented power crisis. The daily requirement of Gurgaon is around 500MW but it is at present receiving just around 300MW.