Valley Continues To Reel Under Darkness

Srinagar: People across the Valley are facing acute shortage of electricity while mercury continues to remain below the freezing point.

Wherein Srinagar city is facing power cuts every now and then, the situation in rural areas, according to reports is far worse and most of the villages and townships don’t get electricity for days together.

Residents of Srinagar and many other parts of the valley have complained about the frequent, unscheduled power cuts.

Various localities in northern parts of Kashmir districts including Kupwara, Bandipora and Baramulla on Thursday staged anti-PDD protests for ‘failing to restore’ power supply in their areas.

According to reports, the residents of main Bandipora town in the wee hours today took to streets and staged protests against the erratic power supply.

The protesting residents said that they are facing tremendous hardships due to the erratic power supply in their areas.

They said that they approached to the officials concerned in this regard but unfortunately nothing has been done.

The protests against PDD were also reported from Surigam and Dooniwari areas of Lolab.

According to reports, the residents are reeling under darkness from past one week. “The authorities are ignoring our plights as they are not taking any measures to fulfill our demands,” the protesting residents said while chanting slogans against PDD.

In summer capital of the state, residents of Noorbagh, Bemina, HMT and many downtown areas are up in arms against the Power Development department (PDD) authorities against the unscheduled power cuts.

According to reports, People in hundreds including students and women assembled in their respected areas to protest against the Power development department over unscheduled power cuts.

“We are tired up with unscheduled long hour power cuts. We protest so our voices reach up to authorities,” said an elderly Woman of Noorbagh area

“With unscheduled power cuts and low voltage we are facing many inconvenience, people in these days are more relying on electricity,” said a resident of Bemina area.

Another resident from Rainawari said that, they are warning the authorities to improve power situation else they will come on roads.

“Our expensive electric devices got damaged due to low voltage. We pay electric dues on time but in back we are being cheated particularity in winters when it is much needed”.

Similar situation is in the southern parts of Kashmir where residents of many areas like including Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian are complaining of erratic power supply, causing inconvenience to them in the biting cold conditions besides troubling students who are preparing for various examinations.

They said despite paying huge electric bills department failed to provide sufficient electricity “We are regularly paying our electricity bills, but fed up with PDD,”

The inhabitants from many areas said that old electric poles and damaged LT lines have added to the problem. “Despite requests to the concerned authorities to change the damaged lines and poles nothing changed,” adding that these broken wires and poles are unsafe for them.

Chief Engineer Power Development Department (PDD), Shahnaz Ghoni, said that they are trying best to provide maximum supply to the people and appealed people to use power genuinely. Adding that, 100 percent of electricity supply in Kashmir has been restored.

“The supply is being properly maintained in all areas of Kashmir and our men are working round the clock to restore the damaged system,” CE PDD Kashmir, Shahnaz Ghoni said.

Dy CM Reviews Power Availability In Kashmir

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, on Thursday called for mobilizing extraordinary efforts and continuous innovations in work execution to realize the dream of round the clock uninterrupted power supply in the State.

Dr Singh, who is also Minister for Power Development, said this while chairing a meeting to review the power situation in Valley. He said that the Department has done wonderful work during the recent snowfall and lauded the officers and officials of the Department for restoring electric power supply within a shortest possible time.

Commissioner Secretary PDD, Chief Engineer PDD, Senior officers of the Department and other concerned attended the meeting.

During the meeting, Dr Singh reviewed the present position of power supply and pace of work on various ongoing PDD projects. He was informed that any damaged electric transformer in Srinagar city is replaced within 24 hours and for other regions it is being done within a week’s time.

The Minister said that the Department needs to gear up to meet people’s expectations. He said that there is no shortage of funds and called for time bound completion of development projects.

While reviewing various measures to strengthen distribution network, he said that government is focused on reducing transmission and distribution losses, better recovery of bills and ultimately interrupted supply of power.

He directed to re-examine all feeders and adding of more feeders into the system wherever it is necessary to minimize snapping of high-voltage power lines.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that uninterrupted power supply to hospitals and PHE water supply schemes should be further strengthened so that these services are ensured effectively. He also directed the officers to strictly adhere to power schedule so as to provide maximum benefit to people.

He asked the officials to install high mast street lights at all the district headquarters and vintage street lights on Boulevard road and at various Shrines.

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