Batamaloo protests against metering
Srinagar, May 16: While resisting the installation of power meters in the area, the residents of Batamaloo on Wednesday staged protests against the PDD officials as they took to streets blocking the main road for about an hour.
Eyewitnesses said while PDD officials were on their way to install meters in Rekha Chowk, Baran Pather and Sheikh Dawood Colony, the locals opposed the move.
“We will not allow metering in the area as we cannot afford hefty amount of fee after the installation of meters. If there would be a fixed amount of Rs 300 to 400 monthly fee, we’ll have no objection in getting meters installed,” Aashiq Hussain, a protester said.
“We are facing several problems. Authorities are not providing us any respite even as majority of the people are of below poverty line category,” another protestor Salima Begum said.
In the meantime, SHO Batamaloo, Rayees Muhammad, rushed to the spot and pacified the protestors.
When contacted Chief Engineer PDD, said the meters would be installed as per the orders.
“The power meters will be installed as per routine in order to check readings,” he added.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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