Srinagar, December 22
Kashmir Valley has been facing a major power crisis. Srinagar city is the worst hit as reports from different areas said the unscheduled power cuts have grown severe for the past one month, giving tough time to people, especially during morning and evening hours. There are scores of areas where people have not seen their bulb getting lit from past week.
From past many days locals from different areas of Srinagar city have informed CNS that Power Development Department is not only resorting to unscheduled cuts but did not at all bother to supply electricity for days together. Reports said that the non-availability of electricity in areas like Jawahar Nagar, Ikhraj Pora, Mehjoor Nagar, Padshahi Bagh, Natipora, Rambagh, Sonawar, Rajbagh, Shivpora, Chanapora, Solina, Batamaloo, Hyderpora and almost all the localities of old Srinagar city have been irking people while at many places locals said that they are mulling to stage massive protests against PDD. Residents of Mehjoor Nagar said that every day people find themselves in complete darkness. “From last four days, the electricity is nowhere in sight. We have been paying our bills in time and still not getting the electricity,” Ishtiyaq Ahmed a resident said.
People complained the situation is alike in both metered and non-metered areas. “From past one month, the authorities have been resorting to distress power cuts in our locality. It is highly unfortunate that the PDD doesn’t ensure regular power supply,” said Muneeb Ahmed of Kadipora area in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district adding that they fail to understand why the authorities are not sticking to any schedule. In South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, people are up in arms against the Power Development Department (PDD) for its “failure” to provide uninterrupted power supply to its areas since last week.”There has been no let up in the situation,” a delegation from different villages including Reidwani, Qaimou, Bogam and Khudwani said. The electricity shortage has also hit traders and those affiliated with the Industrial sector.”The way PDD is acting makes it clear that in coming days Kashmir valley will witness frequent protests against Power Development Department,” a trader Ajaz Ahmed said.
Chief Engineer Power Development Department could not be contacted; however, a higher official of the department admitted that the power supply remained affected from past one month. “It happens in every winter and you know better than me why we suffer on this front,” he said.