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GURUGRAM: “For the last couple of days, we’ve been unable to turn on the AC. The nights are sleepless,” said a distraught Pratima Anand, who lives in Sector 56. “As it starts to get dark, the lights start to flicker and the AC makes clicking sounds. Then I think I better shut it before it conks off,” she added.

Anand has lodged a complaint with the DHBVN grievance cell. “But they are only in a hurry to close complaints,” she said.

This is a story repeated by most residents of sectors 46, 47 and 56. Constant power fluctuations have made use of home appliances a risky affair, they say. Outages have also risen with the mercury.
“For the past couple of days, there have been several power cuts in our area,” said Dinesh Aggarwal, RWA president, Sector 14. “If we call DHBVN officials, no one picks up,” he said.
 TOI called the sub-division officer of South City, Gaurav Dahiya, who said load sheddings had not been enforced. “For the last two days, there has been a surge in demand for power at particular hours, so the voltage fluctuates a bit. Overloading in 11 kV lines leads to voltage falling to 10 kV quite often. In such cases, transformers are fine-tuned to regulate the voltage,” he said.
 Dahiya said the fine-tuning was regulated by Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam, and that DHBVN had informed them about that it needed a correction.
 Earlier this week, TOI spoke to the sub-division officer of Maruti city, who also denied enforcing load shedding. “If there is any fluctuation, consumers should call us,” said Vikas Yadav. “Fluctuation is basically a problem with the local transformer. It needs a minor correction for it to start working properly again. So far as power supply is concerned, we have enough,” he added.
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