Of the two neighboring cities of Delhi, there are always comparisons between Noida and Gurgaon. Apart from infrastructure facilities and real estate development, power scenario is one area where the two cities often compete. Though the consumers in both the cities complaint about the power scenario, Noida occupies a better position when compared with Gurgaon. During the month of August when there were power supply was badly hit, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) officials said the average demand for electricity in Gurgaon surpassed the available supply by a significant margin. This had lead to outages in both residential and commercial areas. So, what makes the electricity situation in Noida better?
• Last year, UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) has entered into a MoU with Tehri Hydropower Development Corporation (THDC) for transfer of land to construct a 1,320MW power generation unit in Khurja. This move is expected to significantly boost the power scenario in the state, including Noida.
• Since Noida has a many industries, as a special case, the city has been declared free from all power cuts zone by the Uttar Pradesh State Government to ensure sustainable industrial growth.
• The U.P. State Electricity Board (UPSEB) is providing the power supply to Noida. Noida has a well developed and efficient power distribution network. Further development and expansion of substations are under way.
• Most of the electricity supply in Noida is privatized while condition of power supply in Gurgaon is dependent upon Haryana State Electricity Board which in itself is not so productive/ efficient.
• The private sector company also takes up systems upgradation with a view to ensure quality and uninterrupted power supply to industries.
The power situation can become one of the key deciding factors for the home buyers or investors when they are planning to purchase a property.
Sources: Times of India