South Kashmir plunges into darkness with 4 inches snow
Islamabad (Anantnag), Dec 17: A number of areas in this South Kashmir district are reeling under darkness while many are facing unscheduled power cuts. Reason: A few inches of snow.
Pertinently, the upper reaches of the district received moderate snowfall in the past three days, ranging from 4 to 6 inches, while the plains received not more than half an inch snow. This however ‘exposed’ the Power Development Department’s claims that it had “quickly resorted” power supply to all the areas.
Besides Islamabad (Anantnag) town, the areas like Bijbehara, Mattan, Aishmuqam, Kokernag, Achabal, Shangus, Dooru, Qazigund and Pahalgam are facing unscheduled power cuts.
The problem is no different in Kulgam, Shopian, Tral and Rajpora areas.
“The Islamabad town received only half an inch snow coupled with rainfall which plunged it into darkness. The electric supply lines in the town seem to be very poor in quality and as a result they break easily,” said Riyaz Ahmad, a resident of Islamabad (Anantnag) town.
He said the PDD has “never bothered to replace the outdated and poor electric supply lines.”
“This time children are appearing in examinations and they are suffering in absence of electricity,” Ahmad said.
The residents of Islamabad, Mattan and Bijbehara townships said that despite the areas being fully-metered, there is no improvement in the electricity supply.
“Eight years back when the government installed meters in the town, we were assured uninterrupted power supply. But unfortunately the electricity supply is erratic,” they said.
The residents of Kokernag, Pahalgam, Aishmuqam, Verinag and Dooru are the worst-hit. “We pay the electricity tariff in time and in full. Yet we don’t get proper supply,” said a resident of Kokernag.
The situation is no different in other districts of south Kashmir with reports of frequent power cuts from Kulgam, DH Pora, Qaimoh, Zainapora, Shopian, Pulwama, Rajpora, Tral, Awantipora and Pampore areas.
A PDD official however attributed erratic power supply to overloading and pilferage. “The power condition in unmetered areas would not improve in the district unless people don’t do away with overloading,” the official, wishing anonymity, said.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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