SRINAGAR: Admitting that civil society had failed to press the government on fair distribution of electricity in the two provinces of the state, business leader Shakeel Qalandar on Wednesday slammed authorities for misleading people with claims of heavy transmission and distribution losses in the power system.
With the Valley reeling under massive electricity curtailment again this winter, Qalandar, a former head of major trade body, said that the government was playing favourites with power distribution in the state as the Kashmir valley was being discriminated against.
Civil society will raise its collective voice against the power crisis, and the entire responsibility of the consequences will lie on the government, he said.
The government had promised round-the-clock power supply in metered areas, but it has failed on every front, Qalandar told the KNS. Now it has to face public resistance when installing meters, he said.
With such a system in place, one cannot expect the power crisis to be resolved, he said.
The National Hydro-Electric Power Corporation (NHPC) is in illegal possession of the states power projects, but the government has taken no steps to reclaim them, he said.
The NHPC generates around 1650 MW in Jammu and Kashmir, but the state gets nothing out of this, he said.
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