The initiative launched by the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) to tighten the noose around faulty consumers and extend power connections to new ones might have given them a good reason to enjoy revenue generation sources.
However, rampant power cuts have not brought any cheer to consumers in areas like New Palam Vihar, Narsinghpur etc.
This is attributed to frequent power cuts, causing inconvenience to people by affecting their daily routine. In Narsinghpur village, power cuts are imposed for unlimited hours. The gravity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that people have been facing nearly 24-hour-long cuts in the last few days. This despite that DHBVN officials had assured improvement in power supply and replacements of old wires and transformers, besides regular supervision of areas to get feedback from area residents.
“The authorities have not bothered to listen to our pleas. We have spent two days without electricity,” said area resident Rambir Singh.
Village residents have also submitted written requests with DHBVN officials to replace old and outdated infrastructures.
In New Palam Vihar, DHBVN has to replace old electric wires and transformers with new ones and install more transformers to check short circuits.
“Power board officials have assured us time and again that the wires and old transformers will be replaced. Our area experiences frequent power cuts and these are mainly due to short circuits,” alleged another area resident Lokesh Sharma.
The DHBVN officials, meanwhile, have been disconnecting power connections of defaulters and this has caused resentment among them.
“Defaulters must be taken to task but at the same time, the DHBVN should not ignore the long-standing demand of improving under capacity wires and transformers etc,” said Dharam Sagar, chairman of the Federation of Residents’ Welfare Association of Urban Estate Gurgaon.
DHBVN superintending engineer Subhash Deswal, said, "We will look into that after our drive gets over in December.”