The Kukreja children used to study in separate rooms in their spacious house in Pink Town Houses in DLF City but they have been reduced to share a single table lamp.
Nikhil, the elder of the two kids, has his exam next month and studying till late night is a part of his routine. His younger sister’s schedule, too, is the same.
“We do not get enough electricity supply to even charge our mobile phones. We hardly get 12 hours of supply a day,” said their mother Asha Kakreja, who is now contemplating spending about Rs. 50,000 to buy a domestic generator that runs on kerosene oil.
Life for residents of New Gurgaon, which mainly comprise DLF residential buildings, Sushant Lok, South City and sectors 31, 40, 45, 46, has been thrown life out of gear because of unscheduled and frequent power cuts.
Asha Kukreja said she has started switching off lights of entire house, including the kitchen, to ensure that the inverter gets recharged. His husband, who runs an IT business in IMT Manesar, no longer works on his laptop at home.
The power cuts are all most parents have on their minds, as their children have to appear for their examination next month.
R.S. Rathee, former president of DLF Qutub Enclave RWA, said the average power supply in the evening hours was not more than two hours.
“We generally wake up to a dark room, as the inverters get exhausted for want of charging. Our children are finding it difficult to study. We hardly have supply to run computers, not even CFL tubes.”
Mahavir Singh, the executive engineer Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, admitted that the situation has become bad. He is responsible for power distribution in the privately developed townships in Gurgaon.
He said, “Three of our units at Panipat Thermal Power plant are non-functional. And these days we do not get scheduled power cuts from the plant.”
“But still power outages are not more than eight hours a day on an average.”