South Kashmir residents aghast over dismal power scenario

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Srinagar— Power sce­nario in four districts of southern parts of Kashmir is dismal as most of the villages and towns in An­antnag, Pulwama, Shop­ian and Kulgam hardly see electricity, especially dur­ing evening hours.

Almost 250 villages of twin Districts of Shopian and Kulgam gets only two hours of electricity in a day. These villages receive supply from Lundoora re­ceiving station in Shopian. Each and everyone com­plain that there is no power being supplied to the con­sumers in south Kashmir.

Sohail khan, a 12th class student said poor supply of electricity is directly af­fecting studies of student community. Our exams are going on but the hide and seek of electricity dis­tract us from our studies”, he told Kashmir Wire

Sohail said “I don’t un­derstand what the hell is going with Power Develop­ment Department (PDD) as after every five minutes the electricity disappears.”

Echoing the remarks of Sohail, Gulam Mohd Malik (45), a resident of Ratnipora said that there is no account­ability from the PDD depart­ment and there is no justifi­cation for them to raise bills on account of electricity which has not been provid­ed by the department.

Meanwhile when Kash­mir wire reporter ap­proached Electricity Gad­get shops in Shopian they said their businesses in terms of gensets, Inverters and even chargeable lamps has increased manifold.

Vikar Ahmad, an elec­tric shop owner said that “our business is going well as we used to sell less than 10 inverters per day but it has increased many fold.”

In Anantnag, the power scenario underwent a sea change as the civil secre­tariat moved to Jammu for winter months. Soon after Durbar moved on October 28, most areas in district are reeling under dark­ness” the residents of the main town of Anantnag, its outskirts and other vil­lages are facing a tough time under darkness amid the growing cold.

Similar is the situation in most of the areas in dis­trict Kulgam, the electric­ity is giving nightmares to the general public. While some rural areas of the dis­trict Kulgam are receiving erratic power supply for most of the times, locals told Kashmir Wire.

The PDD is playing hide and seek with people, al­leged villagers of Dilagam, Kadipora, Mattan, Krang­soo including main town Anantnag, “People have to face prolonged power cuts everywhere,” Khursheed Ahmad, a resident said said.

While common consum­ers including students from both districts of Anantnag and Kulgam are bearing the brunt of the unscheduled power cuts, the crisis has hit even the traders mostly. Per­tinently, students of most of the classes in Kashmir are appearing in annual exami­nations nowadays, who real­ly suffer from this shortage.

The residents of Anchido­ra, Anzawalla, Aang, Mati­pora, Nanil, and other areas of Dochni Pora of Anant­nag said that meters were installed by PDD with the promise that the consum­ers in metered areas will get round the clock electricity but the unscheduled power cuts belied the promise.

“We are paying com­mercial tariff but unfortu­nately PDD is resorting to unscheduled power cuts. If the problem persists we will be forced to take the extreme step of stopping payment of power dues.” residents threatened.

“The situation in hilly villages of Anantnag is worse with local residents having to reel in darkness for hours,” he added.

“They (PDD) don’t even provide power for a day continuously, neither have they found alternative sources to feed consum­ers,” an elderly shopkeep­er said. (Kashmir Wire).

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