Power woes return to haunt people

PDD Slammed For Resorting To Unscheduled Cuts In Ramadan


Srinagar, July 27: Amid scorching heat conditions in Kashmir, power woes have returned to haunt the people in the ongoing holy month of Ramadan.
Reports from different areas of old and uptown Srinagar said the unscheduled power cuts have grown severe for the past one week, giving tough time to people, especially during ‘Sehri’ and ‘Iftar’.
 “It is shocking that instead of ensuring regular power supply during this holy month, the Power Development Department is resorting to forced cuts,” said Muhammad Shaban, a resident of Shivpora here.
Residents of Barzulla area here said they are facing repeated power cuts at the time of Sehri (pre-dawn meals). “Every day we wake up at Sehri to find ourselves in complete darkness. The electricity is playing hide and seek for the past few days,” said Zubair Ahmad, a resident of Barzulla.
Same complaints poured in from people from different localities of downtown Srinagar including Zaina Kadal and Fateh Kadal and those from other areas like Hawal, Lal Bazaar, Maisuma and Gaw Kadal.
People complained the situation was alike in both metered and non-metered areas. “For the past two days, the authorities have been resorting to distress power cuts in our locality. It is highly unfortunate that in this holy month, the PDD doesn’t ensure regular power supply,” said Umar Ahmad of Methan area in Chanapora.
“We are witnessing frequent power cuts despite our locality being fully metered.” Another consumer, Mushtaq Ahmad from Bemina, which is also a metered area, said the erratic power supply was going from bad to worse. “We fail to understand why the authorities are not sticking to any schedule,” he said.
Reports reaching from different districts painted a similar picture of the power scenario. In South Kashmir’s Shopian district, people staged massive protests against the Power Development Department (PDD) for its “failure” to provide uninterrupted power supply to its areas since last week.
“There has been no let up in the situation,” a delegation from different villages including Chitragam, Reshipora and Sofipora told Greater Kashmir.
The electricity shortage has also hit businesses and those connected with the tourism industry in Kashmir.
Shuaib Ahmad, a local houseboat owner, said the power shortage is hitting his business “I am forced to ask the tourists staying in my houseboat to use candles at night,” he said. “It looks so odd and embarrassing. The tourists do complain, but we have been left helpless by the authorities.”
However Chief Engineer, PDD Kashmir, Muzaffar Mattoo said there was no electricity shortage. “We are supplying adequate power to each area in Kashmir,” he claimed.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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