SHAFQAT SHAHEEN SHEIKH
Kishtwar district is known as valley of Saffron and hydro power generator, where near about dozens of power projects are constructed and some are under construction. Throughout the year unscheduled power cuts hits the life of a common man badly as no schedule is maintained by Power Development Department.
In the holy month of Ramadan also the state government has failed in providing hassle free supply of essential commodities and maintaining rate lists of vegetables, fruits and meats, which are sold at high cost by shopkeepers.
In Bunjwah regions of Kishtwar district unsheduled power cuts are common throughout the year where Kishtwar district of Chenab valley is having ability to supply power to the whole state, but, unfortunately cannot light its home regions .
Dul Hasti power project in Kishtwar and Choudary power project in Dunadi Bunjwah are supplying power to other areas in the State but are unable supply electricity to their home regions as unscheduled power cuts are common, hitting the future of thousands of students as they are not able to study during night hours.
Residents of Bunjwag region alleged, “we are being charged electricity bill of more than Rs 325/month but we have to use torch to see the electric bulbs as electricity is just like a spark and during this holy month this spark is also lost during Sehri and Iftari hours.”
“IN FOCUS” ______ From yesterday evening Bunjwah region remains in dark during Sehri and Iftari hours despite the concerned employees fails to inform higher authorties regarding these cuts . Highly placed source informed that when cocerned authorities were approached via phone call , they said we do not get a single message from employees posted there regarding power cuts resulting that we are unable to restore by today night .
Source further added that recently on demand of public reshuffling of employee was done in bunjwah but after few days they were posted at same place who managed to collect hefty amount from consumers despite running illegal connections .
Residents further added that the concerned department charged Rs.108 to the relatives of politicos. However, a middle class family with no political connection, and whose family members were not able to recharge mobile phone with Rs. 20 rupees a month, was forced to pay Rs.360 per month as electricity charges.
It is important to mention that the employees posted in bunjwah are running their connections illegally and are not paying a single penny beside uses heaters and other electric equipment.
It is pertinent to mention that concerned department had installed electric wire more than 25 years ago using wooden poles and till date the wooden poles and wires are not changed. The wires are dangerously hanging touching the green trees in remote regions of Kishtwar district.
Residents of Bunjwah region of Kishtwar district seeks personal intervention of J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti to look into the matter and direct the concerned department to repair electricity wires and use iron poles instead of wooden poles.
Residents also demanded that the CM should ensure proper supply of electricity schedule and depute flying squad to check the rates of essential commodities that are currently being sold at sky touching prices.
Residents further added that if the State government failed to supply power during Sehri and Iftari hours at an earliest, they will launch a strong protest and block Batote-Kishtwar highway in favour of their demands.
Issued in public intrest By SHAFQAT SHAHEEN SHEIKH 09419974577