Women Protest Installation Of Smart Meters At Rajbagh

Srinagar- Women from Rajbagh area of Srinagar staged a protest on Thursday against the installation of Smart Meters.

It was the second protest against the PDD move within a span of three days.

Scores of women came out of their houses and staged protests against the installation of Smart Meters.

The protesting women while raising the slogans against the PDD said they can’t afford hefty power bills as they are hardly able to feed their families.

“Instead of forcing people to pay bills as per Smart Meters, the government should find ways and means to give respite to common citizens who have already suffered a lot due to the Covid-19 pandemic” said a protestor.

“This is injustice and we won’t be able to pay huge power bills. Power is a necessity in Kashmir due to its cold weather,” she added.

On the side-lines of the protest, a woman was seen breaking a smart meter with a rock.

The protesters said that they won’t allow the installation of these Smart Meters.

A senior official of the PDD said, there is a misconception among people that smart meters are expensive.

 “Smart meters are much more beneficial than current meters. The rate per unit, which is currently applied, will be applied in new meters as well” he said.

It is pertinent Srinagar city has witnessed many protests against the installation of Smart Meters. (With KNT inputs)

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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