Unscheduled Power Cuts Irk Consumers

SRINAGAR: A severe electricity crisis has gripped Srinagar and its adjourning areas, compelling people to take to the streets to protest against unscheduled power cuts. Every day most of the areas of the Srinagar city witness five hours long power cuts.

On Monday residents of several Srinagar localities complained that power supply remains off for hours daily. “Though our area is metered, the department goes for unscheduled and extended power cuts for hours. In past five days, our area faced several unscheduled power cuts. If power is not provided to us as per schedule we will be left with no option but to protest on the streets,” said Shabir Ahmad of Bemina.

The people of most of the other areas including Rajbagh, Qamarwari, Sonwar, Noorbagh, Palpora, Padshahibagh, Batmallo also said that power cuts are so frequent that it’s difficult to count the hours of supply they get.

Meanwhile stating that people are responsible for the power mess in Kashmir, Chief engineer power development department said that until and unless people desist from power thefts, the electricity scenario of the valley will not get better.

“The total capacity of the receiving stations within the Kashmir division is about 900 to 1000 MW and the department provides the same but unfortunately people do not desist from theft and hooking which is the main hurdle in smooth supply of electricity,” Chief engineer power told KNS.

“We have decided to start massive drive against those who are involved in hooking and power theft as government is committed to make every endeavor to improve power scenario in the valley,” he added.

Further explaining the power crises he said, “It is easy to blame the Department for everything but people should realize that they use more electricity than required and waste the power unnecessarily.

Urging the people to decrease the huge wastage of power he said that people should forget the habit of wasting the power. “The people waste electricity in a number of forms whether it is putting on more bulbs then required or leaving the electric gadgets on. People should raise less hue and cries over unscheduled cuts and ponder more over the importance of power that gets wasted, there would be less darker days if they realize it.” (KNS)

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