Anti-PDD Protests Held Across Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Various lo­calities in northern parts of Kashmir districts including Kupwara and Bandipora Sat­urday staged anti Power De­velopment Department (PDD) protests for ‘failing to restore’ power supply.

The residents said that from past couple of days, they are not getting electricity which has led to immense hardships to them.

The residents of Kaloosa vil­lage in Bandipora district took to streets to mark a protest against PDD and their legisla­tor for “failing” to repair the transformer that developed technical snag a few days back.

The protestors, including women and children, blocked Bandipora-Sopore road and were chanting slogans against the department.

The blockage of the main road resulted in the traffic jam for hours.

The villagers said that they are reeling under darkness from past couple of days as the authorities have miserably failed to repair their damaged transformer. “The authorities must not ignore our plights and should repair our damaged transformer at earliest,” they demanded.

Meanwhile, the forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the pro­testers who had blocked the main road, triggering minor clashes amid snowfall in the village.

The residents of Kupwara town also staged protest against the de­partment. They were demanding immediate repair of their trans­former.

“We are reeling under dark­ness but the officials in the de­partment don’t even bother to look into our sufferings. The authorities should fulfill our de­mands at soon as possible,” they added.

Meanwhile, the reports said that the residents of Muslim Abad also complained that their transformer had developed some technical snag but it is yet to be repaired.

They also demanded immedi­ate redressal of the grievance.

The residents of Burzhama area of Hazratbal also staged protest against the department at Srinagar’s press enclave and demanded immediate ful­filment of their demands.

They said that the depart­ment has forced them to take to streets as they are without electricity from past several days. “We appeal the higher ups to fulfil our demands at earliest,” they added.

Chief Engineer, Shahnaz Goni said that maximum of the transformers that got damaged during the heavy snowfall have been repaired. “Men and machinery has al­ready been pressed to get the damaged transformers re­paired on war footing basis. Our priority is to restore the electricity in the areas, which are reeling under darkness,” she said.

She added that maximum of the damaged transformers have been repaired while the remaining will be repaired in a few days. (KNS)

Protesters Disrupt Train Services On Srinagar-Banihal Track

SRINAGAR: Train service between Srinagar and Banihal in Jammu region was disrupted due to protests on rail track in Islamabad against frequent power cuts.

Hundreds of people, including women and students, blocked rail track at Panzgam in Islamabad.

Raising slogans against the government and Power Development Department (PDD), the demonstrators alleged that frequent, long and unscheduled power cuts were subjecting them to immense inconvenience and hardships.

“The electricity is playing hide and seek for the past two months. The PDD authorities snap power supply up to 20 hours in a day. Students appearing in the university examination or preparing for competitive examinations are badly affected. We cannot study in the absence of electricity,” Nazir Ahmad, a student said.Official sources said that the train which left Srinagar for Banihal this afternoon was stopped at Panzgam in Islamabad by protestors, who had staged a protest on the railway track against frequent, long and unscheduled power cuts.

“It was only after higher officials in the civil administration and police intervened and assured the protestors that their issue will be taken up with the concerned department and resolved, the demonstrators allowed

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