Haryana imposes 16-hr power cuts on industry

Written by fe Bureau | Chandigarh | Updated: Jun 27 2009, 05:34am hrs
In an effort to ensure adequate power supply to agriculture and domestic consumers in the state, the Haryana government has decided to restrict power supply to industries till June 30, imposing 16-hour power cuts. Industrial consumers will be supplied power for only eight hours daily.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Haryana power minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said the power demand and availability position would be reviewed on July 1. He said the state has witnessed an over 15% load growth of power recently against the national average of 8%. Though the government had made sufficient arrangements to procure power, early sowing of paddy, hot weather and delayed monsoon had all contributed to acute shortage of power.

Claiming that the decision was taken in consultation with the industries association, the minister appealed to the industry to cooperate, while assuring them that the situation was under control. He said now the state would be able to supply about 90 lakh units of electricity daily to the agriculture and domestic sector.

He said areas under UHBVN, including operation circles in Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Panipat, Karnal, Rohtak, Sonepat, Jind and Jhajjar, would get power from 8 am to 4 pm. He said a load equal to 5% of the normal load would be allowed to the industries during cuts at night.

Surjewala said DHBVN has divided industries in two zones, with operation circles Faridabad, Bhiwani and Narnaul in zone-1 and operation circles Gurgaon, Hisar and Sirsa in zone-2. He said zone 1 would get power from 1 am to 9 am on odd dates and from 9 am to 5 pm on even dates and zone-2 would get power from 1 am to 9 am on even dates and 9 am to 5 pm on odd dates. He said the state was planning to purchase additional power at a cost of over Rs 1300 crore in the coming months.