Power cuts haunt Jammu region

With soaring day temperature, unscheduled power cut and blackouts have started haunting the people of Jammu region. The day temperature of winter capital, Jammu city has crossed 40 degree Celsius within just first week of May this year and what can we expect in coming days particularly during June remains to be seen.

Jammu faces long power cuts coupled with lack of water supply at several places in peak summer season while our Ministers and bureaucrats with bag and baggage have reached Srinagar as part of Darbar move, enjoying the cold climate of Kashmir valley, leaving in lurch the public when their services are  actually needed more.

Once again statement of former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah regarding Darbar move to the effect that this exercise is escapist when public needs us more in Jammu holds good here. Report of frequent power cuts and scarcity of drinking water has started pouring in from several places of Jammu region. The people are registering their protest over water crisis by holding demonstration and blocking road especially in arid and Kandi belt.

The villagers of village Dansal area of Nagrota constituency were so angry that the women folk broke water pots on the road. They blamed Public Health Engineering (PHE) department for their misery. Above all frequent power cut is adding to the woes of the public. Long unscheduled power cut is giving sleepless nights to the people as their hot weather appliances also remain useless without power supply.

In rural areas, people are already experiencing long power cut but urban localities, where 100 percent metering had been completed have started bearing brunt of unscheduled power cut. The predicament that people had been facing due to unbridled power cut and night outrage has turned pernicious with coalition partner BJP receiving brickbats for electricity and water crisis.

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, who holds the charge of Power Development Department (PDD), belong to BJP, which had won 25 out of total 37 seats of Jammu province. In order to win confidence of the people of Jammu region, how PDP-BJP government come out with policy to end discrimination with Jammu region particularly in power sector remains to be seen in the days to come.

However immediate steps have to be taken to provide round the clock electricity supply to the people of Jammu region. The problem of water supply is linked to electricity as round the clock power cut can ensure timely water supply to the people. This is one of the biggest challenge for PDP-BJP coalition government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and particularly for Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh to come up to the expectations of his voters, who have posed faith in their party.

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