Power cuts of about 11 hours in all parts of the city made a records of sorts on Friday. Acute power failure affected water supply badly, while angry residents threatened to take to the streets if the state government did not take immediate steps to normalise the situation.
Unable to cope with the situation, officials of the power distribution company Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, reportedly, stopped responding to consumer calls.
Satbir Singh, vice chairman of the Joint Action Forum of RWAs (JAFRA) said he had tried hard to contact the superintending engineer but to no avail. “I somehow managed to talk to the executive engineer who did not know the reason for the power failure,” he said. He added that he was besieged by angry residents, who wanted to resort to an agitation.
The parts worst hit were Sector 21, 22, 23, 23 A and Palam Vihar where residents have not been getting water supply in the evening for the past 15 days.
G.S. Chaturvedi, a DLF City resident, said a “large part of residential area of J Block in DLF Phase-2 is being used for commercial purposes, where cheap high decibel generators have become a threat to the health of their neighbors. A complaint to the local pollution control board and the DM office has not moved the authorities," he complained.
Ashok Lavasa, principal secretary (power), Haryana Government admitted there was no immediate solution to the power crisis except for a long-term power purchase agreement, which the Haryana Government had entered into with various states.
However, a DHBVN source said the purchase agreements were no help as Haryana found power Rs 8 per unit prohibitive .
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