Unscheduled and extended power cuts have started aggravating the woes of locals in Srinagar. Of late both metered and unmetered areas in Srinagar have been witnessing frequent energy cuts putting the consumers to inconvenience. The pesky power cuts is triggering resentment among various localities, who asked Power Development Department (PDD) to shot monthly bills only after supplying proper power to consumers.
Locals of Syed Abad Soiteng said that the area is witnessing eighteen hours power cut. "It seems the PDD has no power schedule these days for our locality. After twenty minutes of power, the light goes off. It happens throughout the day and night. The power cuts are frequent and long," said Ghulam Hassan Bhat, a local of Syed Abad Soiteng. He added that area has been reeling under darkness from the past one week. "We want to tell PDD to seek tariff only if they provide us proper power supply," he said.
Manzoor Ahmad Magrey, another local said that the locality has decided to not pay fee to PDD if they failed to supply power supply as per schedule. "We urge authorities to come up with winter power schedule so that consumers know when will remain off," he added.
"Even in the evenings, the electricity plays truant here. We have approached government several times to provide us normal supply, but rather than improving supply, it has deteriorated," they said. The students said that they couldn't prepare for exams because of power cuts. "We can't study properly as electricity plays hide and seek," said Asim Ahmad, a student.
According to consumers of Dalgate, there are frequent cuts in power supply after almost every two to three hours and mostly there is complete black-out in the mornings and evenings. "The power has been moved to Jammu with Darbar move. Authorities must make this announcement so that consumers would wait for Darbar to return back," said Ashiq Ahmad of Dalgate while criticizing authorities.
"For two consecutive nights, there was no electricity in our locality," said Showkat Ahmad of Lasjan. He added that they were witnessing distress power cuts quite often.