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Tree pruning must before rain to prevent tripping of power:Power dept

gurgaon Updated: May 03, 2017 19:05 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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Workers of DHBVN started pruning the trees at Sushant Lok on Wednesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT)

Following criticism from the city residents over frequent tripping leading to outages in the past few weeks, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) workers started pruning trees on Wednesday.

“Wet tree branches act as electricity conductors in the rain and cause short circuits when overhead wires come in contact with them. We have to prune all trees which are now prone to cause tripping and short circuits. Like power theft, this is another big reason of power cuts,” said Navin Verma, superintending engineer (SE), DHBVN, Gurgaon.

“We will complete tree pruning work before the rains and this will improve our power distribution system,” the SE said.

The power distribution company came under fire after frequent outages in recent weeks. With the temperature rising by the day, the frequent power cuts are hassling residents.

SS Rai, a resident of Sushant Lok, said, “Along the roads around Sushant Lok, trees cover the electricity completely. The DHBVN men should do pruning urgently to prevent power cuts. We complained to the DHBVN then their men came and started pruning branches.”

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At several places, branches have covered electricity lines and streetlights, but the department does pruning only after complaints from residents.

“The DHBVN should do tree pruning in Palam Vihar area, on Bazgera Road and in other areas as well. Besides that, the DHBVN should also check for other reasons that causes power lines to trip. This would help improve distribution as in many areas there were power cuts on Wednesday as well,” said Gaje Singh Kablana, a local councillor.

The DHBVN official said it changed old and damaged cables on Sohna Road which was causing power cuts. It has replaced 150 old transformers and is trying to augment distribution capacity.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 23:31 IST