Residents of Rajouri district have been facing around 17 hours of power cut daily since some months. Besides the 10 hours of scheduled power cut, people are subjected to unscheduled power cuts for 6 to 8 hours daily.
Not only power cuts, low voltage ranging between 70 and 170 volts has added to the woes of residents.“For the last more than 10 days, there is no electricity in our area. Despite several representations to the officials nothing has been done to restore power,” said Mohammad Iqbal of Bal village.Residents of Bal, Dalhori, Argi and other adjoining areas recently held a protest against Power Development Department officials and warned that they would block the Rajouri-Kalakot-Jammu road if power was not restored to their areas soon.Power cuts have affected the business community, routine work in the government offices and banks and the public, especially the student community, as their final examinations are approaching.A resident of Dalhori village, Rajesh Kumar, said most of the villagers grew wheat and in the absence of power, it was not possible to grind it into flour.“Unscheduled power cuts and low voltage has forced the owners to temporarily close their establishments and the people have been forced to purchase flour on higher rates from the market,” said Mohammad Din, another Dalhori resident.Residents of Choudhry Nar (Ward No.3) held a protest recently in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.“The recent snowfall in the mountains and chilly weather have brought the temperature down between 6°C and 10°C. In the absence of power, heating gadgets are of no use. Moreover, firewood and kerosene are also not available in markets,” said Musharaf Bhat, a resident of Argi village.