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Public outrage over long outages

Technical snag at 3 power plants hits supply in entire state, officials say situation will improve by Wednesday.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2012 01:26 IST
Dhananjay Jha

Several parts of the Millennium City are facing up to seven hours of power cuts for the last three days owing to shortage of electricity supply.

The power plants at Panipat, Khedar and Yamunanagar in Haryana have reported a sharp fall in supply due to a technical snag. A fault affected two power sub-stations each at Yamunanagar and Khedar and one unit at Panipat on Sunday. This led to a shortage of 1010MW power, hitting supply in the entire state.

Given the present situation, residents are dreading the condition in peak summer months when power and water supply are expected to worsen.

Gurgaon is fed mainly by the three power plants, which supply electricity to the entire state. On Monday and Tuesday, some localities went without electricity for nearly six hours despite assurance by officials that things would improve.

The officials concerned said they were trying to rectify the fault at the earliest but there was no relief even after three days of assurances.

“We are trying to solve the problem and hope power generation will be restored at all the three plants which were hit by a technical snag,” said Rajesh Gupta, general manager, Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam, which is responsible for transmission.

“Gurgaon is not the only city that is affected but the entire state is suffering from power cuts due to technical faults. We are on the job and hope things will normalise by Wednesday,” added Gupta.

Residents, meanwhile, rue that Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), the power distribution agency, should at least inform them in advance so they can plan their day. “On Tuesday, the power went off for eight hours and we called up DHBVN officials repeatedly but officials did not answer our calls,” said TN Kaul, a resident of Ardee City, adding that power cuts have thrown normal life out of gear.

It seems to be a case of double whammy for residents as power shortage is also affecting water supply as booster pumps are not functioning.