A village in Sohna tehsil has not received any water supply in the past 24 days as the power supply to the water pump has been snapped. Power was disrupted after a transformer and several electricity poles were broken in a thunderstorm on June 9.
The village Kiranki-Khedli is just 2 km from Harchandpur village, which is among the five villages adopted by President Pranab Mukherjee to be developed as model villages.
Electricity supply to the village was restored after a few days but supply to the water pump and half of the village houses has still not resumed.
“Villagers are travelling 3 km every day to fetch water. We had to use a generator set to operate the water pump and it is proving very expensive. Officials of the electricity department had visited the site twice but supply has not been restored. One of the officials said that there was shortage of electricity poles,” said Hassan Mohammad, village sarpanch. He said that shortage of water and no electricity in in this weather has made everyday life difficult, especially during Ramzan.
Hassan said that villagers are pressurising him to pursue the matter with the electricity department but there has been no solution to the issue till date.
“More than 1,000 houses are still without electricity in the village. It is tough to live in this hot and humid weather without power,” said Vineet Taing, a private sector employee, who lives in the village.
He said that a complaint was lodged on June 13 at the call centre but a message was received in an hour that the issue had been resolved. However, nothing had happened on the ground. Another complaint was lodged the same day and the same message was received.
Dharmender Kumar, the Sohna sub-divisional officer of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), said, “More than 100 electricity poles broke down during the storm and there is a severe shortage of poles. Electricity supply to every village has been restored but there may be issues with some agricultural connections.”