Residents in west Gurgaon were jolted out of their peaceful slumber on Sunday morning, thanks to an unscheduled power cut that lasted for as long as eight hours.
Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN), the power distribution agency, said electricity supply was cut for the installation of a 420KV transmission line, which will connect Daualatabad sub-station in west Gurgaon with the Sector 72 sub-station in the eastern region of the city.
"The electricity went off at 7am but we restored it by 2.30pm. We could not inform the residents as earlier the installation was planned for some other day. However, we still kept supplying power intermittently," said Sanjiv Chopra, superintending engineer (SE), DHBVN, Gurgaon circle.
Localities such as Palam Vihar, New Palam Vihar, Rajendra Park and sectors 21, 22, 23 were affected by the power cut on an otherwise lean day.
The residents fumed that the long power cut ruined their sole holiday.
"The local line men and sub divisional engineers (SDOs) did not tell us the truth. They did not tell us the reason behind the sudden long cut in west Gurgaon," said Lokesh Sharma, a resident of New Palam Vihar.
He added that the 8-hour duration of the outage affected the water supply in his locality.
"On Saturday night too, power went off for four hours from 8.30pm to 12.30am. We could not sleep even after 12.30am as voltage was low," added Anirudh Kumar, a resident of Sector 21.
What peeved the residents most was that they were not given prior intimation of the outage.
"We look forward to Sundays after a week of hectic work. Usually, we sleep till late but the sudden power cut at 7am forced us to wake up. It was only at 12.30pm that we realised the cut was to continue for long as some work was under-way at Daulatabad plant. It is really annoying that we are forced to suffer outages just because of negligence of the DHBVN officials," said Sunil Yadav, a Palam Vihar resident.
Many residents said the food kept in their refrigerators turned bad because of the power cut.