This Independence Day, Gurgaon’s set to take a power leap
Following a government directive, DHBVN is working on a plan to supply electricity 24x7 to Gurgaon residentsgurgaon Updated: Jul 15, 2017 22:44 IST
This Independence Day, Gurgaon could finally be free of power cuts!
In what will be a huge relief for city residents who, for long, have been at the receiving end of long power cuts, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN), a state-run power utility, is gearing up to provide 24/7 electricity supply from August 15.
The move by the utility follows a directive by the state government to augment its power generating capacity. The city, this summer, reeled under outages and acute power shortfall, often leading to utilities turning to stations in neighbouring states to meet the city’s needs.
“From August 15, we will provide 24/7 power supply to Gurgaon district. We are already in the process of drawing up a blueprint for augmenting power supply to the region,” Sanjiv Chopra, chief engineer (CE), DHBVN, Smart Grid,Gurgaon, said.
Following series of complaints about erratic power supply and long outages in the district over the last few months, the state government pledged measures to boost generation and alleviate the plight of residents.
A week ago, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar held a meeting with top officials and voiced concern over the dearth of electricity in the state. He called for urgent measures to boost supply.
Testifying to the grim power scenario in Gurgaon, the city’s industries and residential sectors had been grappling with power cuts, often stretching up to six hours, since April.
“The chief minister is likely to make a statement on the quantum leap in electricity generation and supply on Independence Day,” a spokesperson for the Haryana government said.
Rao Narbir Singh, minister for public works (buildings and roads), visited several villages in Badshahpur assembly constituency on Saturday and apprised residents on the state’s plan to boost electricity supply by a significant extent.
“Haryana government would soon be able to ensure adequate electricity supply to Gurgaon industries, residents as well as the agriculture sector,” Narbir said, adding that the state has enough power in its reserves to ensure 24/7 supply.
However, residents said the government had already made such announcements in the past and it remains to be seen if its intent, this time, will make any difference to the situation on the ground.
Babita Malhotra, a resident of Ardee City, said, “Even earlier, the chief minister had vowed to turn Gurgaon into a zero power cut zone. However, his words had little impact as the power situation continued to remain abysmal. Our developer had sanctioned load much less than what is required to meet the needs of our neighbourhood. Unless, the load is augmented, it will be impossible to ensure 24/7 power supply to Gurgaon.”
Industry owners, too, were not optimistic on Gurgaon taking a power leap this Independence Day.
Ashok Kohli, president, chamber of industry, Udyog Vihar, said, “Unless the DHBVN improves power infrastructure, local faults will continue to cause outages. Although it claims to have enough power in its reserves, the fault lies with the poor quality of cables, transformers and conductors. We welcome the CM’s initiative to boost power supply to the city, but the government must first ensure an improvement in infrastructure.”
The city needs anywhere between 1,000-1,100 MW of electricity to meet the needs of an estimated four lakh consumers.
“Distribution loss due to illegal connections or theft is also a major challenge for the government. The DHBVN has failed to curb the practice and this has contributed to power cuts as well. We doubt if the government would be able to rectify the situation,” AK Nagpal, a resident of Sushant Lok, said.
In April 2015, Centre and state governments had vowed to provide uninterrupted electricity to Gurgaon as part of Smart Grid scheme.