Gurgaon: Power for 8 hours,industries stare at closure

Grappling with severe power shortage,the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has decided to provide just eight hours of electricity to factories in and around Gurgaon.

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | Gurgaon | Published: July 5, 2012 2:26:38 am

Grappling with severe power shortage,the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has decided to provide just eight hours of electricity to factories in and around Gurgaon.

The move sparked an uproar in Udyog Vihar — the industrial hub — and other areas on Wednesday,with owners of small scale industries calling it “the final nail in the coffin” because outages have reportedly forced several factories to shut down over the past one year. The industrialists alleged the units have been getting only four hours of electricity and those who were “somehow” managing to keep the machinery running,were doing so through diesel generators,which were draining their financial resources.

“We have been getting just four hours of power daily for the past one year. Most of us rely on diesel generators,which are expensive to run,” said an industrialist.

Col Raj Singla,state coordinator of MSME Confederation of Haryana,said the latest move of the Gurgaon administration reflected the government’s negative attitude towards small industries. “They are encouraging bigger industries,” he alleged. Singla added that 35 manufacturing units in Udyog Vihar have shut down because of power crisis. “Most units are spending Rs 5,000 or more every day on diesel to run their machines,” he said.

A day after residents blocked the main road and protested against outages,the DHBVN on Wednesday said its top priority has always been Gurgaon because of its commercial importance. It admitted that there was supply shortfall that caused problems,but the situation has improved significantly over the past 36 hours.

The power distribution agency said it supplied 144 lakh units (107 for urban use and 37 for industries) daily in June to Gurgaon,against a requirement of about 160 lakh units (115 urban and 45 industries). It also said average 20.12 hours of power was supplied daily to domestic users,but the industries got 16.35 hours a day. However,localised breakdowns in the distribution system led to outages,the DHBVN said.

Close malls early,give residents power,say welfare bodies

A day after Gurgaon residents took to the streets in protest and blocked roads demanding better power supply in the city,RWAs decided to meet government officials on Wednesday. While some residents said they were forced to shell out extra money to buy diesel for power generators,many complained of their inverters being of no help as power cuts did not give time for recharging them.

“One of the alternatives could be that commercial establishments,like malls,could be closed by 7 pm. The power could then be diverted to residential areas,” said T N Kaul,president of Ardee City RWA,adding that residents of his housing complex were facing outages stretching up to 16 hours.

“Our builders have installed a 5 KV load structure,whereas the requirement is higher. The Electricity department is asking for more than Rs 5 crore to enhance it and the builders are not ready to pay up. The residents,meanwhile,are suffering,” Kaul said.

President of Ardee City highrises RWA A K Dar said cost of power has gone up by as much as 60 per cent. “The exact amount is hard to ascertain… (it) depends on how many connections a person has taken,” he said. All five phases of DLF are also facing power and water shortage problems.

In Old Gurgaon,the crisis seems to have worsened. “We recently brought an inverter,but due to power cuts it does not get charged. We end up being in the dark all night. The water supply is similar. We are mostly dependent on tankers that charge a lot and the water is bad,” said a Sector 10 resident.

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