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Sudden surge in demand for electricity

india Updated: May 15, 2011 00:32 IST
Eshani Mathur
Eshani Mathur
Hindustan Times
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With the rise in temperature, the power demand in the city has witnessed a sudden increase of 40 lakh units in first ten days of this month.

May 14 recorded the highest consumption of electricity this season with over 162 lakh units supplied for almost 23 hours in the urban areas.

The power discom, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), supplied 120 lakh units of electricity on May 1 which within ten days increased to 151 lakh units on May 10.

The consumption later increased to more than 160 lakh units on May 12 and 162.89 lakh units on May 14.

“Barring a few technical glitches we are supplying electricity without any power cuts. May 10 was a no power cut day,” SK Sachdeva, CGM (operations), DHBVN, said.

The electricity consumption has seen a tremendous jump in the past two years.

“This summer has become worse. April was still tolerable and we were looking forward to a decent summer but May has become unbearable,” Rita Bhatia, a resident of DLF Phase 4, said.

The urban areas were supplied electricity for 23 hours while industrial, rural and agricultural areas were supplied for 22, 11.5 and 7.5 hours respectively on May 14.