May 27, 2015 4:38:25 am
By Pranati Kohli and Sandali Tiwalri
As the summer peaks, so do the woes of Gurgaon. Parts of the city have been witnessing 8-10 hours, and at some places more than 24-hours, of powers cuts at a stretch. Sources said the last two days have seen a power shortfall of around 15 per cent. The situation is worsened by major technical faults at a number of power plants, leaving even the city hospital sweating.
Summers have never been a good time for Gurgaon, especially for the residents of DLF Phase III, who usually face recurrent outages and supply at low-voltage. Monday night saw another technical failure that affected a high-tension cable, tripping supply to parts of two blocks.
The problem was resolved only on Tuesday afternoon.
Even by the low expectation people here have of their electricity system, many residents feel the scenario has been worsening for some time now. But their complaints, they say, have fallen on deaf ears. Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN), however, said power availability was not an issue in the area, and supply to this part of the city was usually uninterrupted. “The main problem in this area has to do with overload. This is why the voltage often goes down and there are breakdowns,” said a DHBVN official.
Fault in the power line that runs from Badshahpur 200 KV sub-station to Panchgaon in Gurgaon led to interrupted supply from Monday, officials said. “This fault created the loss of supply to most parts of DLF Phase III and Sadar Bazaar area for most part of the day,” Gulshan Nagpal, a senior engineer with DHBVN’s transmission system, said.
“Following the fault in the line, a team spent Tuesday morning conducting safety operations and making adjustments to the electrical system. However, if there was an outage the team would have disconnected the supply line to avoid any hazards. There was, however, no shortage or outage of power”, Nagpal said.
Another problem for uninterrupted power supply in DLF phase III is illegal constructions that add to overloading, claimed Sudhir Kapoor, president of a resident’s welfare association that covers DLF Phase I to Phase V. “Phase III is the biggest challenge for the power department. The perpetual illegal construction that leads overloading and tripping of transformers is a problem,” Kapoor said.
Last week, around 80 feeders broke down across substations, triggering power cuts after the dust storm hit the city. At the beginning of this month, a total of 92 feeders broke down across Gurgaon. This disrupted the city’s power supply network, despite the discom’s claim of bolstering it to withstand higher loads. Areas affected by outages were sectors 56, 57, 47, 43, South City, Nirvana, DLF Phases I-III, Rajendra Park, Civil Lines, Railway Road, Pataudi Road and Sheetla Mata Road.
“Gurgaon’s demand accounts for almost 50 per cent of the electricity that southern Haryana districts need. Our distribution system that includes feeders and transformers has been upgraded as we took lessons from last summer. Because of this augmentation, there are hardly any problems when it comes to power distribution. However, if the frequency is low or there is less supply, we have hardly any control over the power cuts,” said a senior official.
The power outage also affected the city’s civil hospital all through the morning. While the ICU and OT remained fully operational, the recovery ward experienced interrupted power that left many patients uncomfortable. “Most patients were general admission and none experienced any discomfort because of the outages,” a nurse said.
(Pranati Kohli is an intern with The Indian Express)
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