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Residents are angry, industries hurt

The power situation in adjoining Noida is no better. Industries are shutting down and residential areas have installed alternate power back up systems to meet their requirement, reports Kapil Datta.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2009 00:05 IST
Kapil Datta

The power situation in adjoining Noida is no better. Industries are shutting down and residential areas have installed alternate power back up systems to meet their requirement. A huge demand-supply gap is the root of Noida’s power woes.

While the city has a connected load of 1,483 MW, the existing power infrastructure can only take a load of 630 MW.

“If the entire load gets accumulated all at one time, the power infrastructure in Noida will collapse,” said AP Mishra, general manager, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited, Noida’s power distribution company.

“More sub stations are being set up at sector levels to meet the requirement but it will take time.”

Multinational companies and other big industries that have shifted base to Noida have now set up their own generators to cope with the erratic power supply.

“Without power how can an industry run. Once the industrialist has invested crores on the unit he can’t think of shifting base immediately,” Noida Entrepreneur Association’s senior vice president Vipin Malhan said.

“In such a scenario he has no option but to invest another few lakhs on generators to run the unit. But I don’t know how long can we sustain our business like this.”

N.P. Singh, president, Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association said, “The residents have enhanced their loads and given the necessary charges. But due to lack of upgradation of block level transformers, power breakdown is rampant. We just don’t know who to approach. Tax paying citizens should not be hassled like this.”