On a day the mercury soared to disconcerting levels, various parts of the city continued to reel under long hours of power cuts. In most parts, the outages stretched to 4-5 hours, leaving desperate residents thirsting for some respite.
Though there was some relief on Wednesday after the city sweated at 43°C the day before, the mercury shot up yet again on Thursday driving demand and leading to power cuts. An official of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN), a state-run power utility, said the demand had grown by leaps and bounds over the last three days and line loss is largely to blame for scheduled power cuts.
In private localities, the utility supplies electricity through developers, while Huda sectors, municipal areas and villages get direct power supply.
“Tripping happens as many as 4-5 times everyday causing four power cuts on an average. Though we get our power supply through the developer, the poor infrastructure in the colony is the main reason why we get so many outages and are unable to draw adequate supply from DHBVN,” TN Kaul, a resident of Adree City said.
In addition to private localities, several other parts of the city, too, suffered long outages on Thursday.
Hemant Kumar, a resident of New Colony, said, “We had a power cut at 8 pm. Though it was restored after 45 minutes, there was another outage after half-an-hour. Power trips as many as 5-7 times. We don’t even get enough supply to recharge our inverters.”
The residents of New Palam Vihar, too, gave voice to their misgivings over the 4-5 hour scheduled power cuts by the DHBVN.
“This is unacceptable. We will meet the DHBVN officials soon. While we want the utility to go after those indulging in power theft, impose stiff fines on them or put them behind bars, the utility can’t make genuine consumers pay,” Lokesh Sharma, a resident of New Palam Vihar, said.
The DHBVN on Wednesday said line loss is the prime reason for power cuts across the city. A utility official said that areas that have reported line loss of over 50% will face 12-hour-long power cuts. A chart has also been drawn up feeder-wise.
“We are trying to curb line loss and power theft as directed by the government. It is essential to improve the distribution system to boost supply,” Sanjiv Chopra, chief engineer, DHBVN, said.