300 new transformers to ease summer woes
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) is likely to install at least 300 new transformers in the city to improve power supply in summer by April-end, when electricity consumption usually starts showing a sharp rise every year.
The DHBVN officials said they expect the peak summer demand to touch 1,950 MW (megawatt) this year and, as such, the infrastructure needs to be augmented to keep the power supply uninterrupted.
Sanjiv Chopra, chief engineer, DHBVN Gurugram, said, “Last year, our peak summer demand had touched 1800 MW in June . This was almost 130 MW more than peak summer demand of 2017. This summer, we expect peak demand in June and July to be somewhere around 1,950 MW.”
The DHBVN last week held a meeting of its top officials at Sector 14 office to decide division-wise installation of 20-25 transformers daily to meet the set target. There are currently four zones in Gurugram, namely Manesar, Sohna, City, Suburban. As such, each division is posited to get around 75 transformers.
“Transformer installation work has started 15 days ago, and we will complete the target of installing 300 new transformers by April 30 this year. We conducted a survey of the city last year, from September to November, and found that the city was in the need of new or additional transformers. We hope that 300 new transformers would help in improving the power situation during peak summer months,” said Chopra.
Sushant Lok, New Palam Vihar, sector 27, 28, South City and some other areas were surveyed for the installation of additional transformers by the DHBVN in 2018 to improve electricity supply.
Chopra also said the discom had installed 200 new transformers in 2018.
The power situation in Gurugram has been a cause for concern for many of its residents. The residents had complained against prolonged power cuts last summer.
Last year, the residents of DLF-3 even came out to protest and blocked Moulsari Road for over an hour in June. Also, New Palam Vihar residents sat twice on protest in front of the DHBVN office of the area in the same month.
When asked about the plan of the discom, Lokesh Sharma, a New Palam Vihar resident, said, “DHBVN engineers surveyed our area in April 2018 and recommended the installation of seven additional transformers. However, despite their recommendations, there has been no progress in this regard till date. We have been experiencing power cuts for three to four hours on a regular basis.”
Vishnu Khanna, a resident of Sushant Lok-1, said, “The DHBVN had promised to install 10 new or additional transformers in Sushant Lok-1 in June last year. We even met with DHBVN executive and superintending engineers many a time over the course of the last year, but nothing happened. Power cut is a big issue in our colony, mainly due to the presence of old and overloaded transformers that frequently develop faults during the summer months, when the consumption of power is high.”