As the mercury rose above 44 degrees Celsius in the last few days, the demand for electricity also soared, leading to feeders tripping and power outages in the city. Adding to the consumers’ woes, the electricity department staff went on strike on Monday against the ouster of some contractual staff and privatisation of some power sub-divisions.
On Sunday, 12 feeders of 11 kV tripped, leading to power outages in a number of areas.
Residents say the calls to the customer care were attended but without any follow-up action.
Several branches fell on electric lines during the mild shower and wind in some areas on Monday evening. This led to outages in DLF colonies, Sushant Lok, sectors 15, 46, 47, 52, 55, 56, and 57, Udyog Vihar industrial zone, Sukhrali village near Sector 17 and Ashok Vihar near Sector 4.
The U block of DLF Phase 3,and sectors 32 and 7 also had power cuts for more than four hours because of fault in the lines. The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) staff repaired the lines and restored supply in some of the areas by evening.
There have been two to five hours of power cuts in these areas in the last two days. The outages are primarily because the transformers are unable to bear the load as the power demand has increased.
“We had no electricity for four hours today (Monday). Even when the supply was restored, it was fluctuating,” Ramesh Vashist of Sector 15 and a member of district grievance committee, said.
Representatives of various residents’ welfare associations (RWA) said dependence on diesel-run power generator sets increased because of unannounced power cuts.
Outages at the time when water is supplied is adding to the problem. Residents say they are unable to store water for the day because of erratic power supply.
The low voltage is also causing inconvenience. “Voltage has been low for the last one week. The fridge and air conditioner are not working at night. The discom has taken no action despite several complaints,” Sanjana Gupta of Sector 57 said.
Arvind Kumar of Block G of the sector said electricity is supplied in instalments. “We hardly get power supply for six hours a day. It is just the beginning of summer. What will happen in June and July? We are worried,” he said.
President of Sector 14 RWA Dinesh Agarwal said,“Power cuts without prior intimation cause a lot of inconvenience.”
Superintending engineer (operations) of DHBVN Sanjeev Chopra said, “With increasing load, there is problem with some power lines, but these are rectified after receiving information.” He said the workers’ strike also caused some problems but efforts are on to solve the faults.