Employees of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, who have been protesting for over a week now, have decided to resort to a hunger strike on rotational basis. The move is to make sure that residents don’t have to face power cuts while the staff protests. The employees’ union has decided that four employees would remain on a hunger strike at all subdivisions on rotational basis while other employees would remain on duty.
Employees are protesting sacking of contractual staff and privatisation of 11 subdivisions of DHBVN and 12 subdivisions of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN).
The decision reflected in the field as there was some respite from frequent power cuts in several areas across the city. According to a DHBVN official, there were minimal power cuts in the city on Friday as compared to the past one week when the officials were on strike.
“We do not want residents to suffer from frequent power cuts so it was decided that four employees will be on a hunger strike on rotation basis. Rest of the staff is busy dealing with complaints of power outages,” said Mukesh Bhayana, circle secretary of Haryana state electricity board workers’ union.
Despite claims made by the DHBVN to resolve complaints, residents of several localities, including DLF Phase - 1, 3, 4, Suncity, Nirvana Country, Ardee City, several residential sectors and industrial areas complained of long power cuts.
Sector 27 residents’ welfare association president Harish Ahuja said unannounced power cuts have increased problems for residents.
“We have not received regular supply of electricity for the past four days. There are frequent cuts even during the nights. The transformer in the area trips leading to outages,” said VNK Singh, general secretary of Suncity residents’ welfare association. Singh said the DHBVN officials claim that extra consumption by paying guest houses in the area is the reason for the problem.
Anil Yadav, superintending engineer of Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited, said there is no shortage of power supply. “Supply is adequate and we are ready to supply surplus power,” he said.
Sanjeev Chopra, superintending engineer (operations) DHBVN said there were a few power cuts because of overload and increase in consumption but faults were rectified.
The normal electricity supply in the city remains between 140 to 150 lakh units per day. This season the demand has increased to 260 lakh units and is likely to scale up in coming days. Gurgaon circle has 22 substations with more than 65 transformers. The DHBVN is replacing old and dilapidated transformers to ensure minimal power cuts.