Power outages in several neighbourhoods in Noida and Ghaziabad could soon become a thing of the past if the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited goes ahead with a proposal to provide uninterrupted electricity to colonies willing to pay a stiffer tariff.
UPPCL officials said several resident welfare associations (RWA) of Noida and Ghaziabad have suggested that they were willing to pay more than the standard tariff if the UPPCL ensures round-the-clock power supply to them.
Currently,power is supplied to Noida and Ghaziabad from nearby sub-stations. But that is not enough to fulfill the requirement of the two cities. Therefore,power is bought from other sources such as the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC),and sometimes from private organisations like Reliance and LANCO. But buying power is an expensive affair, C L Gupta,the UPPCL DGM,said.
The power corporation was willing to buy electricity from NTPC and private sources and route it to those people who were willing to pay higher tariffs,officials said.
UPPCL Chairman Avanish Awasthi said: The cost of buying electricity is very high,and the problem is compounded by the fact that we sell it at very low rates. If we earn more money from people willing to pay more,there will be no burden on us in buying more electricity to supply to these people.
Officials said modalities of the proposal would be chalked out in the next few days and sent to the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission for approval.
Noida and Ghaziabad,which suffer from frequent outages,together consume around 500 MW of power per day forcing many residential to use expensive
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RWAs said they pay around Rs 3 per unit at present,but were ready to pay more for uninterrupted power supply. For us,it will turn out to be cheaper. If we get non-stop power supply,we wont need to run diesel generator sets. Therefore,we do not mind paying extra money for power. The proposal is a good idea, Soham Singh,secretary of Neeti Kunj Apartments RWA in Ghaziabad,said.