This summer Gurgaonites can hope for a better power supply. If the claims made by the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) are to be believed, they have learnt lessons from the past years and have geared up to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply.
Haunted by the memories of the previous years, the DHBVN officials have begun hard talk for power. They have roped in locals to check losses and at the same time have stocked up distribution transformers to fight power blues.
It is estimated that Gurgaon will require 1,350MW as demand peaks this summer. “Every year, the demand for power increases by 12-13%. In 2012, it was 1,200MW and therefore, we are expecting that this year the demand will increase to around 1,350MW in summer,” said Sanjeev Chopra, superintending engineer, DHBVN.
Last year, when peak demand in summer had reached 1,200MW, citizens in many areas were affected as transformers burnt out andpower station breakdowns continued throughout the summer from May to July.
Speaking at the workshop, Revamping Gurgaon’s Electricity Sector, organized by Gurgaon Renewal Mission and Gurgaon First, Chopra said Gurgaon has the highest growth rate, more than 15% per year and every five year the load is doubled.
Citing poor power generation as the reason for power failure in the past year, he said it was due to unavailability of coal and the pitiable condition of their thermal power plants in Panipat, Kanjhawal, Yamuna Vihar and Jhajjar. The DHBVN could generate around 150 lakh units per day against the demands of 200 to 250 lakh units per day.
“There has been unexpected growth in Gurgaon and the system was not upgraded in that proportion. The plan worth Rs 150 crore, with World Bank, to upgrade the system could not be taken up after the company which was given the contract withdrew. Now, we are hopeful that the feeder bifurcation work will be completed by the year end,” he said.
On the other hand, the DHBVN has reached an agreement with HUDA and MCG on removing AB cables and laying underground network, which will not only add to the beauty of the city but will also check faults and increase reliability.
In rural areas, DHBVN has roped in local MLAs and village headmen to check losses in form of power theft. “These people hold open durbars to facilitate the electricity connections to households in villages. Going by the figures, the losses in Gurgaon are around 12.5% and if it could be reduced to 10%, it would add to Rs 20 crore to the revenue.
The major challenge before the department is transformers, which contribute to the maximum of losses. “In order to ensure uninterrupted supply during the summer, we already have 225 distribution transformers and another 250 will be in by March,” he said.