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Power consumption in Ggn may cross 3 cr units this yr

Gurugram: The officials of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) have begun preparations to ensure that there are no power pangs in the city this year as the city is expected to cross the power consumption of three crore units. Last year the amount of power consumed was 2,93,00000 units and in 2016 it was 2,67,00000 units.
For long, the state run electricity board has been criticised for not providing adequate infrastructure in accordance to the rising demand for power. However this time, the officials have assured that situation of power supply will be much better compared to previous year.
To begin with ambitious smart grid project is going to finally kick off in Gurugram. With an objective to provide 24 hours electricity, the project will aim in automation and underground cables. Gurugram is one of the few cities that was selected by the central government for the project. The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 1600 crore. In the beginning, a sum of Rs 500 crore has been allocated for the works under this project.
Further, it has also been pointed out that the defunct wires and old transformers have also been replaced.
While the officials at the DHBVN state that preparations are being made to improve the power supply in the city, residents do not seem to be impressed. In the past, not only the residents have to face long duration of power cuts but also low voltage. With the transformers of the city electricity board unable to bear heavy power overload, most areas are receiving a voltage supply of around 150-180 volts. This has resulted in large number of cases where there is blasting of power cables that further results in power outages.
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