Enquiries revealed that the assured 4-hour norm followed the communication made by deputy commissioner Sameer Pal Srow to Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), the distribution company responsible for power supply in North Haryana.
"Besides availability of power, issues like lack of infrastructure or outlived power stations and feeders at some places and technical snags are some reasons because of which we are not able to meet the demand. But, yes these fixed hours of power will be assured as our employees shall have enough time to carry out necessary repairs. At the same time we will have enough time to plan new power stations and replacement of feeders to improve the situation," H S Sharma, the executive engineer of UHBVN said. Sharma added, "We also assure to improve the supply with each passing day."
Meanwhile, the decision has evoked a sharp reaction from the rural and sub urban belts of the district. Locals categorically termed this as an urban-residents friendly decision at the cost of rural folk. Former sarpanch of Munna Majra village of Naraingarh Nirmal Singh, said, "Such assurances are nothing new for us. Otherwise also we are getting just 4 hours of power supply, even lesser these days. The department wakes only after we slap a protest or traffic jam. We are not sure if the present order will work out well,''
Vinod Kumar Bakshi, a resident of Barara, who categorically termed the assurance as yet another bluff by the authorities, said, "We wish that these officers, who pass orders, come live in villages for at least 2 days. Only then they will know our plight."
Source- times of India