Power cuts lasting 10-12 hours a day have left Gurgaon residents sweating in this sultry weather.
Like many others, Harjinder Singh, an elderly resident of New Colony, has been doing rounds of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) office for the past one week and even had an heated exchange of words with power officials on Friday. “The power officials said they were not answerable to me,” said Singh, adding that they were getting only 3-4 hours of electricity daily.
The ‘Millennium City’ is reeling under a severe power crisis as against the daily requirement of approximately 170-180 lakh units daily, only 110-120 lakh units are being supplied.
“It is the same story every summer. DHBVN authorities claim to increase supply but nothing happens,” said RN Malik, who lives in DLF City.
But the Haryana government claims to pump in 220-230 lakh units electricity to Gurgaon daily. “The DHBVN officials are making false claims. They divert power to industries and developers or a major portion is stolen,” said TN Kaul, general secretary of Ardee City, Sector 52 RWA.
The power discom received 900 complaint calls in a single day last week. “The situation will improve after June 7 as the Jhajjar and Khedar power plants will start operating,” said Arun Gupta, MD, DHBVN.