The power of malls
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The power of malls

Beleaguered Gurgaon residents troop into the city’s malls to handle the twin assaults of long power outages and soaring temperatures.

The power of malls

What with prolonged power outages, the insufferable heat and long hours to kill, residents of Gurgaon are making a beeline for the city’s malls.

Several areas are reportedly having to suffer power outages from anything between six to eleven hours. Inverters are rendered useless in such situations, and every household cannot afford the luxury of a generator.

“I prefer to spend four to five hours in a mall  -- watching a movie or shopping. There are long powercuts in our sector and the heat and humidity are unbearable. So, malls are the perfect destinations in such times,” says Shourya Gupta, a resident of South City Phase I.

The officials of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), the sole supplier of power to the city, confirmed that there were power outages in some areas because of local faults and breakdowns.

Frequent power outages were reported from DLF Phase I, II and III, Sushant Lok, Palam Vihar, Sun City, Sectors 4,5,7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 37, 43, 44, 56, and 57.

“Old people and children are suffering the most. Children are home during summer vacations and they are unable to bear the heat. We are praying for the rains to come, so the temperature can come down a bit,” complained Sameera More, a resident of Kendriya Vihar, Sector 56.

The residents of Sector 37C, too, complained that they are not receiving regular power supply from the DHBVN. Rajesh Bhanot, a resident of this sector, said, “Regular power supply has been severely impacted since May 27, especially during the nights. When the residents spoke to a discom official, he asked them to get in touch with the contractor who manages the lines. With these long power outages, it seems we are not residing in Gurgaon, but in some remote area.”

The superintending engineer (operations) of DHBVN, Gurgaon, Sanjeev Chopra, said, “There are, indeed, breakdown issues in some areas and the discom personnel are rectifying them round the clock. High demands of electricity during the summers is putting extra burden on power substations in the districts, leading to frequent breakdowns.”