Sonwar Consumers Protest Inflated Power Bills

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Stage Sit-In Outside CM’s House

SRINAGAR (KNS) – Srinagar Nov 13: The on-going power crisis Tuesday reached the doorsteps of the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, when a group of protestors staged a sit-in and raised slogans in front of his Gupkar Road house against the Power Development Department.

When the protesters tried to gherao the chief minister’s residence, police swung into action and foiled their attempt. Movement of vehicular traffic on the VVIP route was disrupted for some time due to the sit-in. The protesters dispersed only after senior PDD officials assured them to look into their grievances.

Talking to reporters, the angry consumers said the PDD had issued highly inflated tariff bills even as electricity supply as per schedule remained irritatingly erratic. They accused the department of making electricity bills as per their discretion instead of its actual consumption.

“I’ve received a bill of Rs 1700 which is not what our domestic consumption actually would be liable to,” said Sameer Ahmad, a resident of Sonwar. He alleged the department had sent inflated bills by exaggerating electricity charges for October.

“The chief minister was present inside his residence but didn’t come out to listen to us. However, the assistant executive engineer of the area was called, who assured us of correcting the bills,” said Rasheed Ahmad.

“If the authorities fail to correct the errors in electricity bills by November 17, we’ll come on streets on Sunday and block the road from Batwara to Dalgate,” threatened the angry protesters.

 

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