Gurgaon: The boiling anger of the rural folks over the extreme power crisis here reached its zenith on Sunday as they blocked the Gurgaon –Sohna road and demonstrated against the electricity department. The protesters warned the authorities of an intensified movement if the situation is not dealt with on a priority basis.

The cyber city Gurgaon has been facing severe power shortage since a week. The power cuts have overthrown normal life out of gear apart from severely affecting commercial, industrial as well as agricultural business in the area.

Expressing their frustration on the irregular power supply, hundreds of villagers blocked the Gurgaon- Sohna road near Bhondsi leading to several kilometres long jam. They have been complaining of receiving no power since five days.
 
Protesters refused to budge until the police and the electricity department officials intervened. The demonstrators were ready to end their protest only after being convinced by the department officials that the power cut was due to technical problems at the regional sub stations.

However, people hold officials responsible for the frequent power cuts. A South City resident, Rajesh Gangwar said, “Inspite of power availability, power cuts take place because the system is not upgraded. If the situation does not improve, we will also be forced to hold such demonstrations.”

Meanwhile, expressing helplessness, South Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (Sub-Urban Division) in-charge, VK Agarwal said, “People are demanding power supply according to their schedule, but it is not possible right now.”

He informed the rural population has been divided into two zones and electricity is supplied in one zone from 4am to 6am, 12 m to 2pm and 6pm to 2am and in other zone from 6am to 8am, 12 pm to 2pm and 6pm to 2am.

(JPN/Bureau)