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‘Powerless’ city sweats it out

Power cuts lasting 10-12 hours in a day have left Gurgaon residents sweating it out in this sultry weather.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2012 23:25 IST
Dhananjay Jha

Power cuts lasting 10-12 hours in a day have left Gurgaon residents sweating it out in this sultry weather.

Like several others, Harjinder Singh, an elderly resident of New Colony, has been making rounds of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) office for the last one week and even had an heated exchange of words with the power officials over long and unscheduled outages on Friday.

“I just asked the officers why there was no power in New Colony for the past two days but they got angry. They said they were not answerable to me,” said Singh, adding that they were getting only 3-4 hours electricity daily.

With temperatures touching 45 degree Celsius, power shortage is also at its peak.

The entire 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, a retired senior Haryana government official who lives in DLF City.

A demand-supply gap of 50 to 60 lakh units (35%) has left residents sleepless 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. There is a big fault in distribution also,” said TN Kaul, general secretary of the Ardee City, Sector 52, residents' welfare association.

“Around 160 lakh units were supplied on Friday. I hope the situation will improve in a day or two,” said Subhash Deswal, superintending engineer, DHBVN.

The power distribution agency received 900 complaint calls in a single day last week. This shows the pent-up anger among people.

“The situation will improve after June 7 as the Jhajjar and Khedar power plants will start operating, which are presently closed due to a technical snag,” said Arun Gupta, managing director, DHBVN.

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