Grappling with severe power shortage,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.
They alleged the units have been getting only four hours of electricity and those who were somehow managing to keep the machineries running were doing so through diesel generators,which were draining their financial resources.
They said the manufacturing units,around 60 per cent are in Uyog Vihar,have been incurring heavy losses because of limited production. Many of them have already laid off nearly half of their workforce,triggering an unemployment crisis,the entrepreneurs said.
We were getting just four hours of power every day over the past one year. Most of us rely on diesel generators,which are expensive to run, a factory owner said.
Col Raj Singla,state coordinator of MSME Confederation of Haryana,said the latest move of the Gurgaon administration reflected the governments negative attitude towards small industries.
They do not care if small industries move out of the state. They are encouraging bigger industries, he alleged.
Col Singla said 35 manufacturing units in Udyog Vihar have already shut down because of the power crisis. Most units are spending Rs 5,000 or more every day on diesel to run their machines, he said.
All transformers and feeders are overloaded. Despite repeated requests to the government,the power situation has not improved, he said.
A day after residents blocked the main road and protested against unprecedented 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) every day 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 every day 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.
Gurgaon is connected to the states transmission grid through six sub-stations of 220 KV each. But surging demand over the past five years from 80 lakh units a day in June 2007 to 160 lakh units last month has widened the demand-supply gap,officials said.