Unscheduled power cuts of over four hours in many parts of south Delhi on Monday left residents angry and helpless. The discoms, however, denied any load-shedding.
"The lights went out after midnight in the whole area and came back at around three or four. Then they went again during the day," said Rama Tiwari, a resident of Vasant Kunj, one of the worst-hit areas.
"The inverters went out since we did not get the chance to recharge," she added. Vasant Kunj has been facing repeated power cuts since Saturday.
"These are undeclared power cuts. Officially they will never admit that they're happening. There was no light for several hours at night and it was worse during the day," said AK Mehta, chairman of the Vasant Kunj RWAs Federation.
To make it even worse, power firms are now pushing for tariff hike to meet the Capital's growing demand.
"The discoms are asking for a steeper tariff but they are not willing to give us quality supply," said Mehta.
The discoms had a different version to tell.
"There was some disturbance for a few minutes, thanks to Delhi Transco's lines tripping in the evening," said a Transco official.
"Delhi Transco's line between the Badarpur Thermal Power Station and Okhla tripped due to technical snag and overloading. The line was restored in less than half hour," a Transco spokesman told HT .
But residents are not willing to buy this story.
"The power went for about half hour each and it happened three-four times. This is bad for our costly electronic appliances. Who's going to pay for them if they go kaput?" asked Rajiv Kakria, vice president of GK-I RWA.
Safdarjung Enclave, Krishna Nagar, Hauz Khas Village, Ashram and Ambedkar Nagar were some of the other areas that faced unscheduled power cuts.