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Gurgaon: Fed up power cuts, New Palam Vihar residents mull protest

The Palam Vihar residents refuted the DHBVN’s charge that rising power theft in the area was to blame for the outages

gurgaon Updated: Apr 27, 2017 23:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Residents of Ardee City recently held a protest against frequent power cuts.
Residents of Ardee City recently held a protest against frequent power cuts.(HT FILE PHOTO)

The residents of New Palam Vihar are worried over continued power cuts in the last two weeks. The residents said power cuts are happening despite their repeated appeals to Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) to improve supply.

The residents said the outages are so frequent that they are not able to recharge their invertors, store water in overhead tanks and use electrical appliances for domestic purposes.

Many residents told Hindustan Times that tripping has almost become commonplace and voltage fluctuations damage electrical appliances such as microwave, iron and refrigerator among others.

Mahavir Singh Chauhan, a resident of K Block, said, “We are unhappy with erratic power supply and long hours of power cuts. Our microwave got damaged due to repeated voltage fluctuations. We forgot to unplug the microwave and that cost us the appliance. Everyday, there are power cuts spanning four-five hours.”

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“The DHBVN officials have failed to fix the power cut problem. We refute the allegation of DHBVN that rising power theft is to blame for repeated power cuts in the area. In the New Palam Vihar area, there are no are no issues surrounding illegal (power) connections or meter tampering,” Azad Kataria, president of RWA, New Palam Vihar, said.

The worried residents of New Palam Vihar are mulling a protest on the lines of the ones organised by the residents of Sohna, Ardee City and South City-II against the DHBVN over repeated power failures.

Lokesh Sharma, a resident, said, “We have decided to meet DHBVN’s superintending engineer (SE) Navin Verma on Monday. If situation does not improve, we will block Bajgera Road as mark of our protest against erratic power supply and frequent outages.”

Naveen Verma, superintending engineer, DHBVN SE, said, “We have repeatedly said that power cuts are happening feeder-wise. Line loss in New Palam Vihar area is high and we have been directed by the government to reduce this loss.”

First Published: Apr 27, 2017 23:11 IST

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