Power, Water Supply Hit

SRINAGAR: The poor transmission system collapsed immediately after seasons second snowfall Wednesday plunging Kashmir Valley into darkness.

Power Development Department (PDD) officials admitted power breakdown throughout Valley and said that efforts were on to restore the power supply. People of Kashmir on Wednesday spent their day without electricity and according to reports hundreds of areas all across Kashmir were reeling under darkness.

“It is not new to us. We have become habitual now and believe that all the claims of administration that they are always fully prepared prove hollow and lip service,” Pir Ghulam Muhammad, a Srinagar resident said.

Another resident said that PDD and administration were taking people far-granted. “There is no electricity as usual, no water, and no motorable roads. I wonder what the government is doing,” said student Showkat Ahmed.

As fresh spell of snowfall started in Valley, the electricity immediately went off forcing residents to spend the time under darkness and cold.

According to reports, the power supply to entire Srinagar including tourist areas of Lal Chowk, Gonikhan, Khayam, Kohnakhan Dalgate, Gagribal and Buchwara went off soon after the snowfall started. “Tourists putting up in hotels in various areas faced tremendous inconvenience in absence of electricity,” they said.

In almost entire North and South Kashmir, the power supply was snapped soon after the fresh snowfall. 

Chief Engineer PDD, Bashir Ahmed Khan admitted that power supply was affected in several parts of Kashmir after fresh snow fall. He said that the Department has pressed its entire machinery to restore the power supply and hopefully it will get restored by six in the evening. 

By evening power supply to many areas had been restored, reports said.

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