The technical snags in Haryana’s two power plants have triggered an unprecedented power crisis in Gurgaon.
According to officials of state-run power distribution companies, the city has never witnessed such a huge power and water crisis in recent years, especially in winters.
Residents complained that they were getting power only for 6-8 hours a day for the last one week. This has impacted the water supply in the city.
The discoms are also at sea over how to deal with the situation. “We cannot comment on when the supply would be normalised. Things are beyond our control as we are not getting the supply from the powerhouses,” said Mohammad Shahin, the managing director of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).
Officials said 800-MW Kheddar and 300-MW Yamuna Nagar plants developed major technical snags triggering disruption in the power supply.
“A turbine plate at the Yamuna Nagar plant broke. We are trying to get it repaired but it may take more than one week,” said an official.
Power department officials said the dismal situation is likely to continue for one more week.
Residents fear that the power shortage may cast a shadow over the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Posh colonies like DLF City, Sector 56 and 57, South City and Nirvana Country are facing regular power cuts.
Sneha Khurana, a resident of Nirvana, said, “The irregular power has affected the water supply. We have been facing water crisis for quite some time.”
Residents complained that they were unable to use geysers or room heaters in this chilly weather when temperature hovers around 4 degrees Celsius.
According to a South City resident, power mostly plays truant during the day time when it is most needed. “If they could tell us in advance about the power cut schedules, we could plan our things. Usually power goes off when we are getting ready for office,” said Anup Singh, a South City 1 resident.
Old Gurgaon is also equally affected by the power crisis. Shveta Sharma, a resident of Sector 6, said, “We face long hours of outages and as a result we can't operate inverters.”
A housewife from Palam Vihar said, “The crisis has thrown our life out of gear. Our children can’t prepare for their examinations as it is very dark due to foggy weather.”
Residents of many residential complexes complained that their power back-up systems are also not giving any respite. “The discoms have failed to offer us respite. We have no option but to face the crisis,” said a resident.