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Gurgaon gears up for harsh summer ahead

Here’s more bad news for Gurgaon residents who have started suffering ‘power pangs’ before the complete onset of summer.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2010 00:07 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times

Here’s more bad news for Gurgaon residents who have started suffering ‘power pangs’ before the complete onset of summer.

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), the state electricity distribution company, has no concrete plans to improve power supply in Gurgaon this summer.

Nor has the Nigam decided to accord special status to the millennium city and give any special power supply package this summer.

However, Gurgaon does command a special status to qualify for a special power supply package as against other cities of Haryana, senior DHBVN officials clarified.

Despite 5 to 8 hours of power outages that continue to haunt residents of Gurgaon on a daily basis, DHBVN official termed the situation ‘satisfactory’ and claimed that power failures spanned not more than three hours daily in April, except the past two days.

The officials also claimed that the power supply deficit ranged between 15 and 20 percent.

While elaborating on its ‘summer plans’ on electricity distribution preparations, B S Chauhan, DHBVN superintending engineer said that a major campaign of preventive maintenance of the power distribution infrastructure, such as transformers and feeders, had been launched in the city to reduce technical snags.

“The campaign would continue till the end of this month, during which period we would change jumpers, bifurcate overloaded feeders and improve the situation,” said Chauhan.

“We have already bifurcated 13 feeders and 22 more would be bifurcated by the end of April,” he added.

When asked whether DHBVN had planned to improve power supply this summer in Gurgaon, where power consumption goes up at the rate of 20 percent every year as compared to other cities (7-9 percent), Chauhan drew a blank.

He said, “We cannot allot a special quota or supply more power to Gurgaon as compared to other cites of the state. After all, Gurgaon is just another city of Haryana.”

“Though we have added power production capacity recently, the additional power so produced goes to the central grid and power is redrawn from the grid for the entire state and distributed evenly to all the districts of Haryana.”

Chauhan also said that the daily power supply to Gurgaon was about 100 lakh units (418 MW), as against the prevailing demand of 125 lakh units (525 MW).

“Therefore, the difference between power demand and supply was about 15-20 percent,” Chauhan added.

He claimed that power supply during peak summer would touch 150 lakh units a day and consumers would not face
many problems.

First Published: Apr 11, 2010 00:06 IST