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Residents rue long outages, officials say all is well

india Updated: Feb 26, 2012 00:29 IST
Divya Sethi
Divya Sethi
Hindustan Times
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With winters bidding a goodbye, residents have started feeling the pinch as some areas are facing long power cuts lasting up to 10 hours. A number of units at power production plants in Panipat, Khedar and Yamunanagar have reportedly shut down following technical snags as well as for maintenance purpose.

Power officials, however, claim that residents are being supplied electricity for 20-22 hours a day as the power outages were planned in rotation.

Residents complain that though power consumption is relatively less during winters, they are compelled to face power cuts up to six hours in some areas while it is worse at 12 hours in others.

Mannat Jain, a resident of Sector 40, said, “Our day starts with power cuts. We are having a tough time as the entire day gets disturbed. For the past several days, the authorities have been announcing that things are going to improve but the situation is still the same.”

Manish Bhargava, a resident of Sector 15, said, “There is an unscheduled power cut after every hour. In our area, there is no electricity for six to eight hours. Even inverters are not getting charged. The constant use of generators causes air and noise pollution.”

He further said, “Earlier, the electricity department used to at least attend phone calls but now they have stopped taking calls.”

Authorities, meanwhile, say things are in control. Rajesh Gupta, general manager, Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam, said, “One power plant at Panipat and another at Yamunanagar have been shut for routine maintenance work. But we are balancing well between demand and supply. In Gurgaon district, the demand these days is 140 lakh units per day and we are supplying 130 lakh units, so we are in a comfortable position,” he added.