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People resorted to sleeping in the open

Stories of coping from different sections of society.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2012 23:35 IST
Manjula Narayan

Power situation continues to be dire with some areas going without electricity for 18 hours. Frustration has led to near riot situations. It has also resulted in growing class resentment as those who can, whip their diesel generators into action as the rest who continue to suffer through the dark ages watch hungrily. The US power cut might lead its citizenry to discover solidarity in their shared deprivation. The economic gap here is so wide that cuts could put further pressure on the social fabric.

Malti Mondal
Household cook in Gurgaon

Since the beginning of summer, we’ve had no electricity at night so my family slept outside. Because of the fluctuation, the fridge I bought with my savings broke down. I’ve left it at the electrician’s shop because I don’t have enough money this month to pay for the repairs. There’s no water either. 10 of us have struck a deal with a shopkeeper who supplies us water in five litre cans. I cook for families in a building complex and get cool drinking water by storing bottles in the fridges in those homes. The rain is a relief – the heat made my grandkids cry – but the electricity continues to be bad.


Indira Unninayar
President, Belvedere Park Condominium Association, Gurgaon
We cannot survive without expensive deisel generator sets. There are 318 apartments here and the load is too much for our three DG sets. One night, a generator packed up and we had no Haryana Vidyut supply either. They wouldn’t even pick up the phone! Even if people take to the streets, the government’s tendency is to make promises and tide things over until it happens again next year.

Benu Mohanlal
Professor, lives in an independent home in DLF Phase 1

The power fluctuation means food in the fridge gets spoilt and all our mobile chargers have burnt down. We bought a surge protector but our TV still conked off. My kids can’t study comfortably. One night, things were so bad, my daughters slept on the roof of the car. Because there’s no electricity, for the last one-and-a-half months, our taps too have been dry. I’m at the mercy of tankerwalas and I often witness water fights between educated people in this elite colony. Sometimes, we have to resort to hand-charged torches and camping lanterns!

Noor Alam
Software engineer, resident Batla House

This area often goes without power for 14 hours a day in summer. Once, we didn’t have power for 24 hours. When such things happen, we sleep on the roof or land up at friend’s homes that still have power. Recently, some students organised a morcha. Nothing came of it. The local transformer burnt down twice. When the clerk from the electricity department came here, he was beaten up. Later, a manager came and fixed it. What can they do? The government has to do something. Politicians who are sheltered from hardships really don’t know how the common man suffers.