Gujjar habitations grapple under dark for last 1 month
Jammu, Feb 6: Notwithstanding tall claims of Power Development Department about restoring electricity supply to all the snow affected areas, two villages Thanadi and Maagdan of Ramban district continue to reel under darkness for the last one month.
The twin villages are situated only few kilometers from Chanderkote with the population of 40 and 80 Gujjar families respectively.
Panch of village Thanadi, Nageena Begum told Greater Kashmir, over phone, that the power supply to the village was snapped on January 3 following heavy snowfall and even after one month the PDD has failed to restore the electricity.
“Since last one month we are living in darkness. We met many officials of Power Development Department and district administration but got only hallow assurances” she alleged.
Panch of Magdan village, Naseem Bibi said that the people were suffering badly in the areas. “The elders and the children are the worst sufferers”, she said adding that the villagers have taken the old age practice of burning wood for lightening.
“After the snow clearance the electricity supply to all other villages was restored except two Gujjar localities including, Maagdan and Thanadi” she alleged.
While criticizing the concerned authorities, State president of Gujjar Bakarwal Students Welfare Association, Talib Hussain said, “It is very strange that the power supply to all other snow affected villages was restored within one week, but these two Gujjar localities were ignored”.
Junior Engineer PDD, Tariq Hussain, when contacted, said that the due to heavy snowfall in the area, 132 KV supply line to JP project at Chanderkote and 11 KV supply line of Maagdan village were partially damaged.
“We are facing technical hurdles to restore power supply to Maagdan village. We have sought shutdown of 132 KV supply line so that the damaged wires can be repaired”.
He added that in Thanadi village many poles have been uprooted due to snowfall. “There are only 4 registered connections in Thanadi village while in actual the village inhabits 50 households. Even then, we are trying to repair the damaged poles and restore power supply”.
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