Protest against power crisis in Pulwama

Protesters block Srinagar-Jammu highway

Pulwama: Unscheduled power cuts across the district from past nearly one month triggered massive protest on Friday.
 Hundreds of people assembled at the Chersoo Awantipora and staged protest against the Power Development Department accusing it of plunging the district into darkness. The protestors later blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Chersoo disrupting vehicular traffic for nearly four hours.
 “PDD has deliberately plunged the district into darkness. The department has resorted to inordinate delay in repairing the damaged transformers. We are facing immense hardships due to erratic power supply,” the protesters said.   
 They accused the PDD authorities of acting as mute spectators. “We many times approached the concerned PDD authorities for restoration of power but they failed,” they said.             
 Later people of Cheshkot, Kaigam, Rathsuna, Siamoh, Larnoo, Sail, Awanpora and Gadikhal also joined the protest. “The unscheduled power cuts have made our lives miserable. If PDD does not restore round the clock power we will be forced to launch an agitation against the department,” they said.
 The inhabitants of Satpakhren Khrew here said they are without electricity from last one month. “Despite passing of a month our transformer has not been repaired yet,” they said.
 The inhabitants of Pinglish Tral also echoed the same views.  “We approached the PDD officials umpteen times however they failed to repair the transformer,” they said.
 The inhabitants of Hajaam Mohalla Jandwal said a 25 KV transformer was installed there a year ago. “But it has not been connected to the main HT line despite many reminders as a result we are reeling under darkness,” they said. 
 Later the protesters dispersed peacefully following assurance to restore the power and undertake repairs of transformers by senior officials of PDD. 

Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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