Irked with frequent power cuts in the area, the residents of New Palam Vihar are planning a big protest against the power distribution agency Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).
On Wednesday, a group of agitated residents met Rao Narbir Singh, public works department (PWD) minister. They handed over their written complaint mentioning frequent power cuts and shortage of drinking water in the area.
The residents of New Palam Vihar told that they face power cut of at least 5-6 hours every day. They complained that they had no option but to struggle with sweats for many hours every day.
People said that transformer and cable blasts happen almost daily and it results in small fires. They added that it also the reason behind power cuts in many areas of the colony.
“Power went off at 9 am on Tuesday and was only restored at 1.30 pm for an hour before going off again for three hours. We witness erratic tripping six or seven times daily causing five-or six-hour power cuts,” said Dharmendra Kumar, a resident.
Lokesh Sharma, another resident, said, “We have met the PWD minister, seeking his help to improve the water and electricity situation. We are going to hold a residents’ meeting shortly to fix a suitable date for a big protest against the DHBVN, which has failed to fix the problem.”
Earlier, on February 6, infuriated residents had locked up the DHBVN officials in their own office for an hour. The residents had released them only after several assurances by the concerned superintending engineer (SE) AK Goel.
Bir Singh, the former sarpanch of Chuama, said, “The reason of the frequent short circuits, fires, cable bursts, etc. is known to the DHBVN. They need to change the old and outdated infrastructure but are doing nothing. They just repair the problem temporarily. That is not the solution.”
Earlier, on January 24, residents had protested against the DHBVN as well.
“Our maintenance work is underway in many areas and power cuts do not happen frequently at all,” said Goel.