Kashmir Faces Severe Power Cuts

SRINAGAR — The Kashmir region is facing severe power cuts with outages continuing for several hours in most of the parts of the region.

The power cuts have become acute since the shifting of offices from Srinagar to Jammu as part of the annual Durbar Move arrangements. The prolonged power cuts have brought a lot of “inconveniences to the people” in the cold weather conditions. The Civil Secretariat had closed here on October 26 and the  Durbar Move offices opened in Jammu in first week of November.

“We face power cuts at least 15 times in a day. We don’t know when the electricity comes and  goes off,” said, Irshad Ahmad, a resident of Karanagar. He said that the area he lives in  a “metered area and the government was bound to provide round the clock electricity as per the rules.”

“For the last one week, the power scenario is deteriorating with each passing day. There is no power schedule being maintained,” he said, adding that the “government has not issued any power curtailment schedule.”

Irshad Ahmad, a resident of Sanatnagar, said that they face power outrages at least 10 times in a day. “We face power cuts mostly during morning and evening hours,” he said. Irshad’s area is also a metered area.

The situation remains equally grim in other metered areas of Rajbagh, Natipora, Batamaloo, Bemina and Habak “where the residents too face abrupt power cuts.”

The situation was worse in non-metered areas. “We face 10-hour power cuts in a day,” Shabir Ahmad, a resident of Shireen Bagh Karanagar, said. “Our children are not able to prepare for the exams due to power cuts in the evening hours. They have to study under candle light and lanterns,” he said.

Asif Ahmad, a resident of Safakadal, said they witness frequent power cuts from the last one week. “There are at least 20 power cuts of eight hours in a day. We don’t know when the power supply will remain on,” Asif said. “Every year we are assured of better power supply but the situation has instead worsened,” he added.

The residents of  Baramulla  said the unscheduled power cuts have made their lives “miserable”. “We approached PDD officials many times, but to no avail,” Basit Khan, a local resident, said.
In south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, consumers of Dilagam, Kadipora, Mattan and the main town “have complained that they face unscheduled power outages thrice a day.”

Residents of Wudwun Budgam also complained of abrupt power cuts. “During the evening hours, the electricity mostly remains off,” said Sharif Bhat, a local resident.

A senior PDD official said that overloading of the transmission and distribution infrastructure was “responsible for the power cuts.” “Wherever there is overloading, there will be power cuts,” he said.

The official said that Kashmir was short of around 700 MWs of electricity. “We have 1300 MWs power available that is being provided to people against the requirement of 2000 MWs,” he added.

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