Fire in 11kV power line causes three-hour outage in Gurgaon
Residents said the power discom DHBVN has not upgraded its infrastructuregurgaon Updated: Jun 11, 2017 23:43 IST
A sudden fire in a high-transmission power line of 11 kilovolt (kV) early on Sunday caused a three-hour power outage in sectors 21, 22, 23, Palam Vihar, New Palam Vihar, Ashok Nagar and nearby areas. The latest case of fire again led residents to complain of the failure of the power discom Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) to check technical faults.
“The electricity department replaced several transformers and cables in our area three to four years ago. However, they are of poor quality and cause frequent outages due to fire. Five to six transformers caught fire in the past two to three months itself, badly affecting power supply. Tripping due to technical fault is a major concern for us, but our complaints fall on deaf ears. In fact, the DHBVN has started scheduled power cuts in our area, citing power theft,” said Raj Kumar, a resident of New Palam Vihar.
Fire and short circuits are two prominent reasons for power outages in summer when the demand for electricity rises.
“The DHBVN has not replaced old, outdated transformers and cables, which often catch fire. They are the main reasons for tripping, which causes power outages for three to four hours,” said SN Yadav, a resident of Sector 21.
“Getting through to DHBVN’s toll-free number (to complain) is also a tough task,” he added.
A month ago, a major cable at the Sector 72 power house caught fire, causing a major shortfall of electricity. A week ago, a feeder that supplies electricity to Basai water treatment plant was damaged due to fire, which resulted in a seven-hour outage.
The power discom had claimed to have taken steps to check frequent tripping before summer started, but it has not been able to improve its infrastructure yet.
Sanjiv Chopra, chief engineer (CE), DHBVN Smart Grid Gurgaon, said, “Power consumption this year has risen 15 to 20% from last year. That is one of the reasons for frequent power tripping. However, we are trying our best to minimise the faults by replacing old transformers and cables.”
According to the discom, on an average, the city has been consuming 1,500 megawatt (MW) of power daily for the last couple of weeks. The figure stood at 1,150 MW for the same period last year.