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Power cuts bring Gurgaon to halt

Morning traffic was brought to a standstill on Tuesday by Gurgaon residents protesting acute shortage of power and water.

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | Gurgaon |
July 4, 2012 1:43:34 am

Morning traffic was brought to a standstill on Tuesday by Gurgaon residents protesting acute shortage of power and water.

The city has been battling severe power and water crisis,made worse by the delay in arrival of monsoon and the heatwave.

As per official estimates,the power demand in the city has surpassed previous records and continues to rise.

On June 28,the demand was to the tune of 1,528.33 lakh units (the highest demand for one day),against 1,127.45 lakh units on the same day last year,said Amit Kumar Agrawal,Managing Director of Dakhshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).

To rein in the shortfall,the Nigam has announced that starting Wednesday,all industries will be given just eight hours of power. They will be supplied power from 8 am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm.

Residents,on the other hand,blame the sharp rise in demand to the mushrooming of small guesthouses in buildings meant for a single family.

“In front of my house there is a 120 sq yard area,which has been turned into living quarters for 20-odd families. The power demand will automatically shoot up,” said Anthony Cruz,a resident of DLF Phase-III.

Residents of both old and new Gurgaon claim outages stretch to as long as 16 hours a day. This,in turn,has affected the water situation in the city.

“The Basai water plant is supplying very little water,while the private water plant is almost dry. Power cuts leads to non-storage of water and residents have to buy water. We shell out Rs 800 for around 5,000 litres of water,” said Cruz.

Officials,however,claim that water situation in the city is under control.

Haryana Urban Development Authority said the water supply from the intermediate pumping station in Sector-16 has been restored to full capacity and defective pumps have been repaired and reinstalled. Water is being provided from Basai water treatment plant at full capacity.

According to DHBVN,power is mainly used in domestic sector for cooling and in agriculture sector for paddy plantation and irrigation of Kharif crops.

DHBVN Managing Director Agrawal said the power utility was prepared to meet the normal demand,and had also procured extra power to meet any unexpected demand. He said the utility is trying to purchase more power from the grid and other sources to meet the increased demand.

Officials said the transmission and distribution system in the state took a record 6,535 MW maximum load on June 27,against the previous record of 6,443 MW on July 21,2011.

In Gurgaon,the daily average supply has been 166.62 lakh units during June,against the daily average of 158.78 lakh units during the month last year.

DHBVN Superintendent Engineer Sanjiv Chopra told Newsline,“There has been a 20-22 per cent shortfall in power supply in Gurgaon. While the demand is around 200 lakh units,we have been able to supply 150 lakh units. Sometimes the supply went down to 130 lakh units. We are trying to make the situation normal.”

Power officials said supply could dip further as Yamuna Nagar units I and II of 300 MW each and Hisar unit-I of 600 MW are closed. Hisar unit-II of 600 MW and Jharali (Jhajjar) units I and II of 500 MW each had tripped,resulting in sharp reduction in availability of power in the state.

About 150 MW power from Lanco Amarkantak Project is also not available due to non-availability of coal,officials said.

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