Outages make entry even before summers
The tall claims by the administration regarding an ‘outage-free’ summer have fallen flat, even before the season could actually set in. And, such is the case in a state where power tariff is one of the highest in the country at Rs 5 per unit.
Apart from hours spent sweating in the heat, unscheduled and frequent cuts are also taking a toll on electronic gadgets. "For the last 10 days or so, there have been at least 4-5 hours of power cuts every day," said Sudhir Kapoor, a resident of M block in DLF Phase 2. He is also the secretary general of the DLF City RWA.
Though discoms lament the shortage in supply, the state power transmission company still believes the upcoming summers will be outage free.
Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) general manager Rajesh Gupta told HT that residents needn't worry this time around since the department was overhauling all power plants on a rotational basis.
"With the present strategy, we will overcome the infrastructural limitations in time before the summer actually sets in. Hopefully, we will be able to address the power woes," Gupta said.
On the other hand, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) don't sound very hopeful.
Subhash Deswal, superintending engineer, DHBVN, Gurgaon, said, "The power shortage problem is not a local problem. We are not getting enough supply from the power generating department."
In the absence of regular power supply, residents are compelled to rely on generators or a power back-up system. While residents of plotted areas run from pillar to post to install such systems, highrises feel the jitters when inflated power back-up bills arrive.
While the DHBVN charges R4.99 per unit of electricity for domestic purposes, power back-up costs between R10 and R14 per unit, depending on different society managements.
Shabnam Sharma, a resident of sector 56 said, "In summers, our electricity bills go up by three to four times because of unending power cuts. At present, 24/7 supply sounds like a dream in Gurgaon."
Apart from rising expenses, residents complain, generators are also a reason for increasing air pollution levels in the city.
According to official data, the present power requirement of the district is 140 lakh units per day. However, the district gets only 125 lakh units per day.
Moreover, during peak summers, the power requirement is expected to go up to 200 lakh units per day.
According to officials, they can fulfill the requirement of 195 lakh units per day but need to work on how to get the remaining five lakh units.