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Storm, outages spell doom in Gurgaon

india Updated: May 23, 2011 01:01 IST
Eshani Mathur

Sarthak Kumar of Chander Lok took his family to his music school in DLF Phase-4 so that they could freshen up. There had been no water supply in the area due to a 14-hour power cut on Saturday.

This was one of the many instances of residents suffering prolonged power cuts due to bad weather. The storm and accompanying rains took their toll on around 100 electricity poles and three 66KVA towers.

Besides, many trees were uprooted that fell over poles, causing outages. As a result, many residents could not even fill their water tanks.

“Officials at the electricity department say the power house had shut down due to bad weather. But there were many families who suffered outages from 10.30pm to 10.15am,” Sunil Yadav of Palam Vihar said.

Inverters in many houses stopped functioning after two hours. DLF Phase 2 residents are worst hit.

“Over 10-hour-long shutdowns have caused problems in our ACs and refrigerators. There was no power from 8pm till 10am,” said Deepak Kapoor of DLF Phase 2.

It seemed that good weather had not been boon to residents of the DLF area. They believe they can either enjoy the good weather or an uninterrupted power supply. “The distribution system is fragile and needs better management. This is more of a local problem, with trees falling on electricity poles, etc. The authorities concerned should get trees around poles trimmed to avoid mishaps,” Umesh Gupta, a resident of DLF Phase 2, said.

Superintending engineer of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Subhash Deswal said, “We are fixing the poles and towers, which collapsed due to last night’s weather. Work on 100 poles and three 66KVA towers will continue through the night.”