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No end to Gurgaon’s power pain as utilities blame each other

After the damage to a power cable in Sector 72, the city is facing a shortfall of 350 MW

gurgaon Updated: May 27, 2017 23:15 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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On a day the mercury soared, power cuts of up to 4-5 hours drove the discomfort level of Gurgaon residents.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

The fault in a power house in Sector 72 on May 17 continues to have a crippling effect on the state of power supply and distribution across Gurgaon, with vast swathes of the city facing outages often stretching up to 4-5 hours.

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (Dhbvn) laid the blame squarely on the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) for the ongoing supply shortfall.

The Sector 72 power house of the DHBVN is totally dependent on the PGCIL for supply and distribution of electricity.

Sanjiv Chopra, chief engineer, DHBVN, said, “Over the last 10 days, the Sector 72 power house has been battling an acute supply shortfall. A cable was damaged 10 days ago and it is yet to be fixed. We get nearly 630 MW of electricity from PGCIL for this Power House which feeds half of the city. However, since the damage to the cable at this power house, we are facing a shortfall of 350 MW. Hence, we have no option but to go for scheduled power cuts across the city.”

DHBVN officials spoke to top PGCIL executives repeatedly as complaints over long power cuts continued to pour in from across the city. However, nothing came of it, claim residents. They are worried over the power cuts as the city is in the grip of a sweltering hot spell and electricity consumption has shot up to 1250 MW a day.

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A senior PGCIL executive, who asked not to be named, said, “We are trying hard to repair the damage. However, the damaged parts are currently unavailable in the market. We will have to import them. We are in touch with other utilities for help. We realise the residents are suffering and hope to restore normal supply at the earliest.”

A power crisis engulfed the city after a cable burst suddenly on May 17. The reason was believed to be high and excessive consumption and load on the conductor.

The DHBVN is trying desperately to meet the city’s needs with the power currently available with them.

Neeraj Yadav, a resident South City, said, “The power cuts are worrying us deeply, but we have little choice but to suffer. We have spoken repeatedly with DHBVN officials, but all that they have done is offer lame excuses.”

First Published: May 27, 2017 23:14 IST