Angry over three consecutive days of power cuts that severely affected water supply to South City-2, residents blocked the sector 49/50 dividing road from Sohna Road towards Park hospital on Monday.
The residents demanded that the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) immediately restore electricity to Q-1 Block of South City-2.
The Q1 block has been in the dark since 2pm Saturday with little or no hope of power supply being restored anytime soon.
Nearly 3,000 people living in 800 flats have been facing an acute water storage problem since Saturday and the transformer in the area caught fire and power went off.
The DHBVN officials, however, shrugged off the responsibility and said the locality falls in the jurisdiction of private developer and the outages were a result of “inadequate electricity infrastructure”.
Navin Verma, superintending engineer (SE) DHBVN, said, “The developer has to improve or augment infrastructure such as transformers and cables. The power demand in the locality has gone up manifold and, accordingly, infrastructure also has to be augmented to ensure uninterrupted supply.”
KK Singh, resident, said, “We agreed to call off our protest after the police assured us that the power supply will resume at the earliest. If that does not happen, we will block the road again on Tuesday.”
“Since there is no electricity since the last three days, people cannot pump water to overhead tanks,” Singh said.
The residents’ welfare association of South City-2 has taken up the matter with the DHBVN since power cuts are happening frequently in the colony.
“The entire South City is facing frequent power cuts. The time has come to fix the problem. We are consumers of DHBVN and the discom which put pressure on the developer to augment the infrastructure,” said Neeraj Yadav, RWA president.
Two days ago, residents of Ardee City, also a private colony, had held protests over power cuts.
In Sohna, the residents held a big protest over frequent outages on Monday.
Ravi Shankar of Sohna said, “We held a protest against DHBVN officials for their arrogant behaviour. Line loss is a major cause for power cuts and we demand action against those who are responsible for line loss. Genuine consumers should not suffer because of those indulging in power thefts.”