It is bad news for 'power-starved' residents of Millennium City. Even as power outages have plunged to over 15 hours a day in some areas in the last one week, the Haryana government has thrown up its hands over the question of providing any immediate solution.
The reasons cited for the outages are coal shortage and breakdowns in two power plants.
Haryana Power Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav recently said there would be no let up in the crisis till July 15.
“Technical snags at our power plants and less availability of coal for thermal units have hampered power generation and the situation will improve only by August,” he said while speaking at an NCR Chamber of Commerce and Industry event to discuss state's power woes on Friday.
The minister said power cuts for at least five to seven hours will continue till a solution is reached.
Jagdish Kukreja, a resident of Malibu Towne on Sohna Road, has reported daily outages of around 18 hours.
"In a posh colony like this, we are forced to spend sleepless nights due to power cuts of 18 hours a day. We have just moved to this locality, thinking that we would have all the basic amenities. But to our horror, this place is just not fit for living," he said.
While the city requires 190 lakh units of power every day, the supply falls short at only 130-140 units. The state has an overall shortage of 1,700MW.
While the residents are bearing the brunt, industrial units are also trying hard to cope. “The situation has taken a major hit on our production. We hope the situation improves as soon as possible,” said HP Yadav, president of the NCR chambers.