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Highest tariff, erratic supply

The state-owned company responsible for the distribution of electricity in the southern Haryana districts, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja .

india Updated: Dec 17, 2006 02:54 IST

After having to shell out more for power following the recent tariff hike which has made electricity in Haryana the most expensive in the country, people in Gurgaon and other south Haryana town are facing longer, more frequent and unscheduled power than before.

The state-owned company responsible for the distribution of electricity in the southern Haryana districts including Gurgaon, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Nigam (DHBVN) blamed it on the breakdown of the Panipat Thermal Plant and Faridabad-based gas-run power plant. However, Vijayendra Kumar, managing director (DHBVN) told the Hindustan Times that the electricity supply situation would improve from Sunday.

The residents, however, are not convinced. Lajpat Gupta of Palam Vihar said that despite the tall claims of the DHBVN, there was no schedule for power cuts in Palam Vihar. "Earlier the electricity would go off two to three times a day. But for the past 10 days, the situation has become worse. On Saturday, there were 11 power cuts in just four hours between 6.00 and 10.00 am. We had to switch off all our electronic gadgets such as TV, refrigerator, music systems, geysers and other kitchen appliances," he lamented.

In a recent communiqué, the DHBVN had announced scheduled power cuts in urban areas between 8.00 and 9.00, 4.30 and 5.30 in the morning, and between 5.00 and 9.00 in the evening.

"Contrary to the claim of DHBVN, the power goes and is restored at the whims and fancies of the Nigam officials,” says Neelima Chug of Sushant Lok.

RS Rathee the president of DLF Qutab Enlcave RWA said, "Besides increasing power tariff between 13 and 40 paise per unit, the government has increased the security deposit for domestic consumers from Rs.50 to Rs.500."

According to DHBVN officials, the power supply to Gurgaon during winter remained about 85 lakhs units as against 100 lakh units in summer.

Vijayendra Kumar, however, says that a specially designed software controls the power cut schedule.

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First Published: Dec 17, 2006 02:54 IST