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Web Exclusive | July 2013

People face outages as Valsad power stations overloaded

Electricity consumers in Gujarat's Valsad district are facing power outages as the power supply sub-divisions are overburdened beyond its capacity. The sub-divisions are not able to resolve the consumers complaints in time. To solve this a three-year-old proposal of Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company (DGVCL) to bifurcate several power supply divisions in Valsad district is gathering dust in the government even as the company officials are struggling to cope up with increasing number of complaints and service issues.

According to the guidelines of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (GUVNL), bifurcation is required at any division or sub centers where consumer capacity crosses 25,000, revenue is more than Rs 10 core per year or length of power supply line increases above 500 km in its jurisdiction. Vapi town already has nearly 57,000 registered consumers and generates revenue of Rs 55 crore a year, give times more than the prescribed amount.

AV Patel, deputy engineer, Nana Pondha sub-division said with shortage of maintenance staff, it is becoming difficult to provide satisfactory services to nearly 134 villages which are linked with 900 km long main line, especially during monsoon. All these villages are also identified under Jyoti Gram Yojana.

NG Patel, deputy engineer, Vapi town division said despite giving minute attention, the complaints are not being resolved timely as the sub division is overburdened with consumer capacity as well as the length of line. Fed up with frequent power outages in Vapi region, the town's senior citizen council had also demanded immediate bifurcation of overburdened sub divisions of DGVCL in 2011.

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