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‘Powerless’ residents take charge

india Updated: May 26, 2011 01:03 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Unhappy over long hours of power cut and the ensuing water shortage in DLF City Phase 3, residents found a novel way of attracting attention to their plight.

At least 50 residents barged into the upscale DLF City Club on Tuesday evening and allegedly created a ruckus. They asked the club authorities to open air-conditioned rooms for them to sleep.

The desperate measures of the residents paid off. Senior DLF management officials on Wednesday told residents that they would take action.

The power supply situation has turned worse in DLF City Phase 3 ever since thunderstorm struck the city last Saturday. It also affected water supply.

"Neither DLF nor DHBVN officials were ready to listen or take responsibility. We have been facing long power outages. We have not slept properly for half a week now. What added to our woes was poor water supply. Now, DLF has arranged for two water tankers to supply a thousand families. This is not enough," said social activist RK Yadav.

Yadav said he had no other option but to group together 50 affected residents and marched towards DLF City Club, which has hotel room facility.

"We wanted DLF authorities, who has been ignoring us, to listen to us finally. We not only shouted slogans but asked the club helpers to open the rooms for us," said Yadav.

Arun Anand, executive director (town administration) of DLF Group, said DLF City Club staff made a frantic call to him on Tuesday night.

“We met the residents. We told them that electricity cables near Garden Estate power station had snapped, resulting in power cut for long hours. We assured them that DLF and DHBVN officials have been busy in upgrading power distribution infrastructure. We will quicken this process. We will also increase the number of water tankers," said Anand.