Sleepless and powerless in Gurgaon: Residents suffer long outages due to snag in line

High consumption due to extreme heat has resulted in frequent power trippings over the last few days, the residents said

gurgaon Updated: May 16, 2017 23:16 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
Power cut,Palam Vihar,Sector 23
Gurgaon, India- May 11: Power cuts continue to worry residents while DHBVN claims it is upgrading infrastructures, in Gurgaon, India, on Thursday, 11 May 2017. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan times)

The city residents had to suffer five to six hours of power outages during last two days even as the mercury to 44 degrees Celsius.

The power discom officials said the outages were a result of a technical fault in the distribution line and it affected many pockets of Sector 23 in Palam Vihar.

This comes a fortnight after a snag in the Sector 52 substation cut supply and two days after a similar fault was reported in the Sector 72 substation.

Areas such as Jalvayu Vihar, Sector 30, New Colony, and Model Town too saw outages over the last two nights.

Due to the high power consumption over the last few days, owing to rising temperature, power tripping has become a regular nuisance and they often lead to outages, residents said.

MS Joon, a resident Sector 23, said, “The power went off at 4.30pm and resumed only by 10pm. The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam official told us that the a fault has developed at the substation.”

Residents said power tripping due to snags has increased.

Sunil Yadav, a resident of Palam Vihar, said, “ A major cause of power cut is tripping. This happens because the power distribution agency has not yet been able to improve infrastructure. The company is yet to replace ageing and under-capacity transformers, cables and conductors. We have appealed to the DHBVN, which is power distribution agency, repeatedly to remove all under-capacity transformers so that tripping can be checked.”

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“We suffer through a four-hour outage, on an average daily, for the past two to three weeks. We use just one fan that runs of the inverter supply. But recharging the inverter is a tough task due to frequent tripping of power and massive power fluctuations. The voltage is low most of the time,” said Prakash Kumar, a resident Model Town.

The DHBVN has been facing flak for failing to check massive power theft across the city, resulting in excess consumption that damage the transformers and conductors.

“We are trying to restore the electricity supply as our men repaired the fault at Sector 72 substation by Tuesday afternoon. The fault caused power cuts in many areas,” said Sanjiv Chopra, chief engineer, smart grid project, DHBVN, Gurgaon.

First Published: May 16, 2017 23:16 IST