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Surge in diesel sales as city blows a fuse over power cuts

The tall claims of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) of a power cut-free summer this year have fallen flat.

gurgaon Updated: May 25, 2013 02:48 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times

The tall claims of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) of a power cut-free summer this year have fallen flat.

As the mercury soars, the city is witnessing a surge in sale of diesel for power back-up generators to cope with daily outages lasting up to five hours.

“Though we are not facing a shortage but diesel sale has gone up in the last few days. An average of 40,000 litres per day has been sold over the past few weeks,” said a petrol pump owner in Gurgaon, adding that diesel consumption has increased five times due to heavy use of gensets during summers.

The commercial, industrial and domestic sectors are all affected by the ongoing power crisis.

Malls, shopping complexes and commercial establishments in the city rely on gensets to meet 50% of their power needs.

“On an average, we record daily diesel consumption of nearly 2,200 to 2,500 litres which is four times the amount required in winter season due to long power cuts,” said JK Gupta, general manager, Sahara Mall.

The industrial sector is equally hit by the power shortage. “There are definite power cuts of minimum four to five hours and the supply trips several times,” said Raj Singla, a Gurgaon-based industrialist.

“Last week, there were outages lasting seven hours. We are dependent on diesel gensets and pay R12-R13 per unit. We recently met DHBVN superintending engineer Sanjiv Chopra requesting him to ensure supply for at least 20 hours a day,” said Vikas Gupta, resident, Vatika City, Sohna Road.

During peak summers, the power requirement of the city goes up to 250-275 lakh (1100 MW and more) units per day but the supply lags behind at 140-180 lakh (700-800 MW) units per day.

Discom officials, however, deny any problem in the power supply. “There is no scheduled power cut in the city and we are trying our best to ensure uninterrupted supply. I am sure that if there is an outage, it is because of local fault in lines or the transformer,” said Chopra.

In the wake of city consumers’ massive outcry over power shortage last year, which led to the burning of a sub-station in Sector 23, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had claimed there would be no power cuts this summer.

First Published: May 25, 2013 02:46 IST