Gurgaon: Villagers doubt state’s pledge to provide uninterrupted power
Villagers said while many areas have electric poles and cables, power connections are yet to reach householdsgurgaon Updated: Jul 23, 2017 22:38 IST
While the Haryana government has pledged to increase the extent of scheduled electricity supply to rural areas from 12 hours to 24 hours, panchayat officials doubt if the state could make good on its promise as even villages close to Gurgaon city gets less 4 hours of electricity in a day.
Villagers said though there are electric poles and cables in several rural areas, they are yet to get power connections. Representatives of more than 80 villages recently held a meeting with officials of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) at the mini secretariat on the state’s proposed electrification scheme ‘Mhara Gaon, Jagmag Gaon,’
“We get power supply for only two hours in a day. For the last ten years, we have not had electricity at night. In several areas, there are electric poles but no power connections,” Seema Raghav, sarpanch, Badha village in Sector 86, said.
Shochand, sarpanch of Shikohpur village, said, “DHBVN officials need to set up more transformers in our village and even the work on replacing old, worn out cables is yet to be done.”
Village representatives from Tikli, Badshahpur, Khela and Abhaypur said that residents fear for their security as there are no street lights.
“Power supply is erratic at most times. Voltage fluctuation is a major problem in our village. We rarely get the scheduled 12-hour electricity supply. Our children are not able to study and women fear stepping out in the dark,” Durga Devi, sarpanch of Bhondsi village, said.
Shatrujeet Kapur, chairman and managing director, DHBVN, on Sunday assured panchayat chiefs of Gurgaon and Sohna blocks that by August 15 they will get electricity supply throughout the day.
The ambitious state-sponsored scheme is aimed at providing day-long uninterrupted power supply to rural domestic consumers and improve the bill collection system from August 15. The state government announced the scheme on July 1.
Promising 24/7 power supply to the hinterland, Kapur said, “We will constitute a team in every village to curb electricity theft. The work is replacing old wires and setting up new transformers is on in full swing and we have set sights on finishing the job by August 15.”
Utility officials have been holding meetings with village representatives of four Gurgaon blocks — Pataudi, Sohna, Gurgaon and Farrukhnagar — to spread public awareness on power theft and the need for switching to LED bulbs.
Sanjeev Chopra, chief engineer, DHBVN, said, “Work (on replacing old cables and installing new transformers) has started in 18 villages of Gurgaon and another 70 in Sohna block. Action will be taken against people violating norms laid down by the electricity board.”
Discom officials have also urged villagers to pay their electricity bill on time.