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Powerless UP orders malls shut by 7 pm

To cut down power consumption, the Uttar Pradesh government has ordered all malls, including the ones in Noida, to be shut by 7pm. Haryana’s power minister has said Gurgaon’s electricity situation is unlikely to improve before August.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2012 12:44 IST
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The National Capital Region is in the middle of a worsening power crisis.

To cut down power consumption, the Uttar Pradesh government has ordered all malls, including the ones in Noida, to be shut by 7pm. Gurgaon’s electricity situation is unlikely to improve before August, Haryana power minister has said. In the Capital, large parts of south Delhi faced prolonged outages on Sunday as the maximum temperature was recorded four degrees above normal at 43.6°Celsius.

No glowing signboards will be allowed across UP, the government has said. “Streetlights will be allowed only between 8pm and 4.30am,” CL Gupta, a superintendent engineer with a power discom in Noida, said.

The UP order is likely to be enforced from Monday. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/6/18_06_pg1b.jpg

In Delhi, glitches in the transmission lines caused a shortfall of 200 MW, leading to prolonged cuts in areas including Friends Colony, Nizamuddin, Jangpura, East of Kailash, Lodhi Road, Vasant Kunj and Munirka between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Parts of east Delhi may face power cuts, too, as a conductor has broken down at Kalindi Kunj on the Badarpur-Noida-Ghazipur line.

The week-long water crisis, too, continued unchecked. The Delhi Jal Board claimed Monday would be better as the water level at the Wazirabad plant had begun to rise after Haryana released more water.

Power cuts stretched up to almost 12 hours in the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida, affecting water supply as well. Parts of Gurgaon went without power for 12-14 hours.

"Technical snags at our power plants and shortage of coal for thermal units have hampered generation. The situation will improve only by August," Haryana power minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav said on Saturday.