Villagers lock sub-stations over power cuts in Jind

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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Fed up with long power cuts, residents of Chhatar and Uchana Kalan villages locked the power sub-stations in their villages today.
After the intervention of officers of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), villagers opened the locks. They, however, threatened to block the Delhi-Amritsar road if the authorities failed to ensure regular power supply in two days.
Chhatar and Uchana Kalan villagers said they had apprised DHBVN officers of their problem several times, but to no avail.
They assembled in the chaupals of their villages today morning and reached the power sub-stations. Since no senior officer of the DHBVN was present there, they locked the sub-stations, sat on a dharna and raised slogans against the discom authorities.
“We have been facing power shortage for months, but the authorities have failed to improve the situation. We cannot tolerate more. We will block the road if there is no improvement in power supply,” said Naresh of Chhatar village.
Uchana Kalan villagers claimed they had been paying bills regularly, but they were still not getting regular power. “The DHBVN is deliberately imposing long cuts,” one of the protesters said.
Mewa Singh of Uchana Kalan said there was shortage of water because of tube wells were not working for the want of power.
Karmbir Chahal, in-charge of the sub-station, Uchana, said power lines had developed faults because of overload. “The authorities are on the job to rectify the problem,” he added.
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