Power cuts are back. But this time, it is the NCR residents who are suffering.
With the Northern Plains in the grip of sweltering heat wave, Gurgaon is suffering 8-10 hours of outages daily. Ghaziabad is worse with 16-hour cuts.
Compared to these, the 5-hour load-shedding in Noida and Greater Noida and a few short-duration cuts in Delhi almost seem like a luxury.
Frequent outages have forced the Windsor Court, Hamilton Court and Regency Park II Condominium Association, Gurgaon, to issue an advisory to residents to conserve power as their captive power plants are running 18-20 hours a day to provide 100 per cent power backup.
For the residents, it’s a double whammy as they are paying a steep power tariff and spending on expensive diesel-based power backup.
“We burn 4,000 litres of diesel worth Rs 1.3 lakh every day,” said Brig (Retd.) Kamal Sood, president, Windsor Court, Hamilton Court and Regency Park II Condominium Association.
These residents pay Rs 4.69-5 as power tariff—twice that of other areas in Gurgaon. But beyond that, their per unit cost of backup power touches Rs 10.
Ghaziabad and Noida residents don’t even have a backup option. “The situation is intolerable due to local faults and overloading. I feel like leaving the city and relocating to Delhi,” said Vikrant Sharma, a Lajpat Nagar resident, in Ghaziabad.
Parts of Vaishali and Kaushambi saw power cuts of up to 14 hours since late Monday night due to a fault in a local sub-station. “How can we manage? There’s no power, water and the heat is unbearable,” said Kakoli Das, a media professional.
Some South and West Delhi areas faced power outages for about 45 minutes in the morning and afternoon as a 210 MW unit of Badarpur Thermal Power Station developed a snag, while a 400 KV grid of Delhi Transco tripped in the afternoon leading to a power outage.
In NCR towns, authorities say power cuts aren’t that long.
Despite 16-hour outages, the Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, Ghaziabad’s power discom, said supply was regular for 14-16 hours. “In parts of Vasundhara and Vaishali, the cuts were due to local faults,” said A.K. Singh, officiating official.
In Gurgaon, Sudhir Rajpal, MD of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam, denied long outages were taking place. “Gurgaon has become an almost no power cut zone over the last few days as the city is receiving enough supply.”
B.S. Chauhan, superintending engineer, DHBVN, said, “Power failures could be because of local faults, not for want of power supply,” he added.