New Palam Vihar residents demand new transformers, but is DHBVN listening?
Despite repeated protests, respite for residents of New Palam Vihar seems to be a far cry. Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has not replaced old and outdated transformers and cables to prevent the common occurrence of powercuts in the area.
After residents protested in January and February, DHBVN officials made quick, rushed repairs to minimise short circuits and cable faults — but that’s not a long-term resolution, claim residents.
In their memorandum to the DHBVN officials on February 5, residents demanded replacement of transformers that are eight-years-old now.
Power outages from three to four hours happen daily, mostly from cable bursts and transformer breakdowns. Power pilferage is yet another problem in the area.
The residents have held protests thrice outside the local office of the DHBVN. But no action was taken despite the unrest. Residents are, therefore, mulling protests again after March 15.
A resident, who didn’t want to be named, said around seven to eight years ago DHBVN had installed are more than 50 transformers in New Palam Vihar, but they were low-capacity ones and catch fire when the load increases in summer. Short-circuits are also common during the monsoons, alleged residents.
Responding to the grievances, DHBVN chief engineer Sanjiv Chopra said, “We have assigned our people to the problem, and hopefully, there will be very few hitches this summer.”