Srinagar, Jan 30: Irritated with frequent and consistent power cuts, inhabitants of number of villages of southern district of Pulwama on Tuesday threatened to stage protests if power supply will not be provided as per the schedule.
“The electricity is playing hide and seek from the past more than 40-days. Daily and frequent power cuts resulting unbearable hardships to us. It is highly unfortunate that the PDD department doesn’t ensure regular power supply during cold conditions,” locals of Goosu, Rahomou, Matrigam, Kamrazipora, Hardi Dalvan and its adjoining areas told GNS.
We are unable to charge our mobile phones while appliances like refrigerators and iron are lying defunct,” they said.
The locals of these villages at large allege that power was playing hide and seek and often they do not see electricity for hours. They said that they were being made to pay the tariff according to the curtailment schedule but electricity was not provided according to the same.
“Students are the worst sufferers of unscheduled power-cuts. They maintained that the erratic power supply has badly affected their studies,” they said.
The people warned the PDD officials of not to take them for a ride and if the situation remains the same in coming days they will have no other option except to protest.
They said in absence of electricity, people face hardships while students are forced to study under candle-light. “We have been forced to take to streets,” the locals said. They said if the power situation in the areas doesn’t improve, they would be constrained to launch agitation. “We are regularly paying our electricity dues, yet the power supply in our area is dismal,” the locals said.
When contacted AEE PDD Newa Aijaz Ahmad said that there are frequent problems with 33000 KV transmission line and we have to often repair it. There are other issues also including dry weather which add to the problem.
We are trying our best to provide power supply to the consumers as per the schedule, he said. (GNS)