GURGAON: Lakhs of people who live in condominiums across Gurgaon can heave a sigh of relief. The Haryana government will take over the pending Rs 200 crore upgradation of power infrastructure for the entire Gurgaon circle on its shoulders.
Additional chief secretary (power), Rajan Kumar Gupta, held a open house meeting with RWA representatives at the Gurgaon Gymkhana Club, where he said the government has decided to take up infrastructure development of condominiums from RWAs. In cases where the builder is required to invest in it, the government will make the investment upfront and extract the amount spent through DTCP or via courts.
“There are at least 200 RWAs in the city with 250 independent feeders, which lead to aggravated technical defaults. Thus, the government has decided that from now, DHBVN will deliver power to the doorsteps of consumers,” said Gupta.
The city has faced intermittent power cuts this summer, most of which are due to faulty and insufficient infrastructure. In developer areas, the problem is worse. There are several builder developed areas in the city where power infrastructure is a problem, as the discom has passed the buck to the developers, while the developer does not want to invest in it, leaving the consumers stuck in between. A classic case is the DLF area, which is in dire need of upgradation. Yet, between the developer and DHBVN, consumers were left with no choice but to brave interminable power cuts during summer.
Gupta said that in many areas where developers are responsible for power supply, new connections have not been awarded since 2013 due to insufficient infrastructure. This in turn forces many residents to buy power from genset operators, which is more expensive. A unit which should cost Rs 7-8 ends up costing Rs 12-14.
Gupta said no timeline has been fixed for finishing the infrastructure upgradation, adding the work will involve installing new transformers, addition of manpower and changing cables.
The department has also decided to divide Gurgaon circle into two operation circles, to divide the load and better serve consumers. The two new circles will have two different heads. The number of sub-divisional officers will also be increased.
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