Already reeling under a severe power crisis in this blistering heat, the residents of Millennium City are now sweating it out in the nights as snags in two power plants has further worsened the situation.
Residents are facing 12-14 hours of power cuts which extend into the night as well. Power-starved residents are compelled to stay awake and miss office the next day. Authorities cautioned that if it did not rain in the next 10 days and the snags are not fixed on time, the situation will further deteriorate.
They said the additional power generated would be directed towards farmers for sowing paddy instead of residents.
“Time slots for power cuts in urban, industrial and agriculture areas are fixed. But there is a possibility that if it does not rain in the next few days, the slots will be changed. The farmers need more power to sow paddy and we would have to shift the supply to them,” said MB Vashishth, advisor-cum-director (operations), Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).
The 500 MW Khedar thermal plant and a 145 MW plant at Faridabad have developed snags due to interrupted gas supply. In many areas, residents have been facing night-long power cuts for four days.
Earlier, the power department had announced there would be no power cuts at night time. But that has changed with the snag problem.
Also, the unrelenting sun and delayed monsoon has ensured that the power demand graph continues its upward stride. A sharp increase in demand has been noticed in the agriculture sector for paddy plantation and irrigation of other Kharif crops.
“Earlier, we were imposing power cuts of 5-6 hours in urban areas. But because of the technical snags in power plants, we were compelled to impose additional two hours of power cuts. But it is not true that power supply is interrupted throughout the night,” said MB Vashishth.
On June 30, the demand of power in the state reached an all-time-high of 7,812 MW. The district’s power requirement is 200 lakh units per day but it is getting only 140 lakh units per day.
Residents rue that their day starts with power cuts and end with power cuts. They say diesel consumption is at an all-time-high while inverters have become showpieces. “It is not just once, I have been compelled to take a day off after spending a sleepless night owing to power cut many times in the last few days. How can a person work after staying awake for the whole night,” said Ramvir Singh, a resident.