Even as the mercury races upwards, unannounced power cuts in different pockets of Gurugram have irked the residents.
Nearly 250 houses in Block C of Sushant Lok 1 faced a power cut for almost 17 hours (from 12.30 am to 5.15 pm) on Wednesday after a blast was reported in the 625 kva transformer in the area, as per a report published in Hindustan Times.
This is not the first time this has happened. Just last month (on April 19), around 300 houses in the same block reeled under 12 hours power cut after a blast in a 400 kv transformer.
The residents alleged that they had spoken to DHBVN officials, but did not get a positive response. According to the residents, in the past one month as many as four transformers have been damaged and they have got them repaired on their own. “After the blast in the 625 kva transformer, we have rented a 1,000 kva transformer at Rs 2,000 a day because new transformer costs Rs 20 lakh, which we cannot afford, and the DHBVN has refused to help,” said Sumit Bhatia, president of the Sushant Lok residents’ welfare association (RWA).
He further added that the RWA has spent about Rs 5-6 lakh on repairs of damaged transformers. “We will be forced to take to the streets if we do not get a concrete response from DHBVN by the end of this month,” Bhatia said.
Meanwhile, even as the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has been claiming that the city has adequate power to meet the summer demand, power cuts owing to power faults have become a norm. Over the past month, disruption of power supply has been reported from different pockets of the city owing to transformer explosion, voltage fluctuation and frequent tripping.
At the start of the month, the power demand touched 2.52-2.76 crore units per day, which is further expected to rise as temperatures rises.
The DHBVN caters to around five lakh consumers, spread across 600 group housing societies, 35 villages, more than 50 municipal colonies, 75 unauthorised colonies and sectors 1-57. Power theft has also been a major concern for the discom.
“Sushant Lok has been transferred to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, but electricity maintenance is still with the developer for technical reasons, which is why we cannot extend help in case of transformer blasts. In other areas, our supply is smooth,” said DHBVN chief engineer Sanjiv Chopra.