Shortage of power and electricity has always been a question in Haryana. The state is always blamed to suffer from an acute power crisis throughout the year. Whether it is a village or a city like Gurgaon, which is known as the IT hub, the whole state faces a major power crisis, especially during the summers when consumption and demand for power increases.
The story of Haryana's power issues does not end with frequent power cuts or poor supply, there is a lot more to it. Rahimpur Kheri, a small village located in the Panipat district of Haryana, is very soon going to get an electricity connection for the very first time post-independence. Recently, the village has witnessed the erection of electricity pillars. The village which was living in darkness since independence, has not witnessed a single ray of light in last 67 years. The 400 people who live in the village light their houses with lanterns, or charged batteries. This situation is enough to prove that no state government took it seriously to light this village. It is reported that a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in December 2010 in the High Court regarding this, but the state government submitted before the High Court that they were not in a position to provide electricity connection to the village as it was not feasible for them. The report submitted by the government contradicts their own stand now because, if they were not in a position to provide electricity to the village in 2010, then, how come it has suddenly become feasible now?
A recent report by National Load Dispatch Center (NLDC) says that there is no shortage of power in the state of Haryana. The data says that the demand for electricity arises during the peak hours between 8:00 pm and 8.30 pm. However, in reality the peak hours are not limited to such a brief period. The data and the government's response to such crisis do not seem to be satisfactory. As per reports from the past, in the year 2012, Haryana faced an acute shortage of power, and it was reported that there was around 400MW of demand-supply gap in the state. The concerned authorities claimed that there were power cuts for only 2-4 hours, but the residents and locals of the state claimed that the power interruptions even rose to 10-12 hours a day at times. Shortage of coal is also considered as a hurdle in adequate power supply in the state.
It is very much necessary that the power crisis should be controlled and curbed in the state. The cities or the villages, both face similar problems pertaining to power supply. Several measures are required to be taken to increase the power supply in the state. The villages or the city should be equally given the adequate and essential power supply. Electricity is a very important source for the development of a state. Naya Haryana will not only shed light on the power issue but will also light up the entire state. Roshan Haryana will also be an important segment of Naya Haryana.