Tackling transmission, distribution loss will solve half the problem
“Today, Gurgaon is a power deficit city largely because of transmission and distribution losses, which are as high as 50 per cent. If you address this, half of your problem will be solved.” chandrajit banerjee, Director-General, CIIindia Updated: Sep 26, 2008 00:14 IST
It is important that we address the power issue upfront, given that Gurgaon is being projected as a millennium city. If we want its development, we need immediate action by all concerned.
Today, Gurgaon is a power deficit city largely because of transmission and distribution losses, which is as high as 40-50 per cent. If you address this, half of your problem will be solved.
The anti-theft laws are very strong in Delhi and Maharashtra. We need something similar here.
Some of the losses and frequent power cuts can be attributed to poor load-carrying capacity of the T&D network, which can be addressed with the help of technology and investment.
While allowing industries to generate captive power, you can create an enabling infrastructure to share their surplus with the grid, which can be redistributed with a premium. People are willing to pay a higher price for quality power, although electricity charges in Gurgaon are among the highest in the country.
In Gurgaon, you can’t do that because of the poor T&D network, it doesn’t have the technology. The chief minister has said T&D losses would be cut by 6 per cent annually. There should be proper monitoring of how this is done.
Energy auditing can also help. There is need for proper auditing and accounting of electricity sale and consumption.
Also, why don’t we focus on renewable energy? The government has announced 12 mw of green power for all of Haryana, but that’s very little. We need to encourage solar power in a big way. Recycling solid waste and biomass into power is another option.
Finally, it is only a public-private partnership approach on this major crisis, which is imminent for Gurgaon.