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Industry faces the heat as discom staff protest

Snags due to heavy rain and a protest by discom employees left the Millennium City without power for more than three hours on Tuesday.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2012 00:00 IST
Himabindu Reddy
Himabindu Reddy
Hindustan Times

Snags due to heavy rain and a protest by discom employees left the Millennium City without power for more than three hours on Tuesday.

The industrial belt of Gurgaon was the worst-affected area and faced a major power cut because of the heavy downpour.

Complaints went unattended due to the district-level protest by employees of state power distribution agency, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).

Around 500 employees protested against the Gurgaon police for not making any arrests in the August 8 violence, in which two junior engineers were assaulted by villagers of Nathupur when the duo had gone to check electricity theft.

The employees sat outside the DHBVN circle office at Mehrauli Road from 11am to 2pm till senior officials assured them to take up the matter with the police.

Electricity supply in the industrial belt comprising sectors 33, 34, 37, Barampur Road, Udyog Vihar Phases 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 was shut down from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

“We did not want residents to suffer. Our fight is with the police,” said Mukesh Bhayana, president of Haryana State Electricity Board (HSEB) workers’ union, Gurgaon.

Power tripped as many as 15 to 20 times on Tuesday.

“Power supply was erratic on Tuesday but it happens daily. But frequent power fluctuation was disturbing,” said VP Bajaj, president of Gurgaon Industrial Association.

Meanwhile, the court issued arrest warrants against the five identified accused — Ashok, Dharmendar, Kiranpal, Karamvir and Bablu — although none of them have been arrested yet.

The discom employees have now threatened a complete blackout in the entire state on September 3 if the accused are not arrested.

“We will cut electricity supply on September 3 if the villagers are not arrested. Entire Haryana will have no electricity that day,” said Bhayana.

The DHBVN staff of both Gurgaon and Mewat will stage another protest on August 28 if the police to make any progress in the case by next Monday.

The three-hour protest at Gurgaon Circle, which was scheduled to terminate at the police commissioner's office at Civil Lines, saw a decline in strength due to heavy rainfall and pot-holed roads.

“We could not march to the commissioner's office as it started raining heavily and the roads were in a bad shape. After sometime, people began to disperse due to the rains,” added Bhayana.

The protest went on peacefully due to heavy police presence. “There were about five police vans throughout the protest,” he said.

First Published: Aug 21, 2012 23:59 IST