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Mercury dips, Faridabad faces severe power crisis

india Updated: Jan 02, 2012 23:07 IST
Prabhu Razdan

Faridabad and its adjoining districts are currently facing a severe power crisis. A technical fault in four power generation plants coupled with a rising demand due to the severe cold has led to short supply of electricity.

“Against the demand of 125 lakh units of power per day, we are in a position to supply only 90 to 95 lakh units in Faridabad circle," said Mahesh C Tyagi, superintending engineering, Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN), Faridabad transmission circle.

The shortfall of about 35 lakh units per day has forced the authorities to go in for massive load shedding. Though the officials claim that load shedding is done reasonably, the scenario is bad everywhere — be it rural, residential or urban.

"50% of the available power is supplied to industries, 40% to domestic consumers, including rural and urban and the remaining 10% for agriculture purposes," Tyagi said.

Technical faults have been reported from four major power generation units — in Panipat, Yamuna Nagar, Hisar and Jhajjar. The use of room heaters, geysers and other appliances has increased the demand, the officials said.