The residents of Gund, Kangan in this central Kashmir district are feeling betrayed as the authorities have failed to provide them the electricity from the local power house despite promises.
Irked by the erratic power supply in the area, and to press for their demand of to get power supply from the local power house, the residents of Fraw and other adjoining areas of tehsil Gund district have adopted a harsh method to register their protest. They have snapped water supply to the Upper Sindh Hydro Power House-II located at Sumbal Kangan leaving it dysfunctional.
Hundreds of men, women and children's of Fraw and its adjoining areas held a protest and cut the water supply from the Sumbal power canal passing through their area demanding power supply from the local Sumbal power house.
"We held several protests in the past also in favour of our demands, but were not given due consideration. We have been betrayed every time and false assurances were given by the officials", the locals told Greater Kashmir.
"Despite giving our land free of cost for the construction of the power canal in 1975 we have got nothing in return. When this canal was being constructed for USHP-II power house at Sumbal, we were promised and given assurances regarding the electricity from Sumbal power house however we are being denied of the electricity from the said power house since decades" they said. "Feeling betrayed, we are forced to take this step to cut water supply to the Sumbal power house" another local said.
Pertinently the areas including Fraw, Haknar, Gund, Rayil, Kullan earlier have held protests and have been demanding the power supply from Sumbal power house however there has been no development in this regard.
" We were provided electricity from the same power house for a few years after its commissioning but surprisingly it was snatched later and till date we are demanding it" the locals said.
The locals have sought the intervention of MLA Kangan Mian Altaf Ahmed and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in this regard.
Executive Engineer USHP-II Ghulam Qadir Dar told Greater Kashmir that it is impossible to provide electricity from the power house, adding that they are looking for some alternate way to sort out the issue.
"We can't take any decision over providing power supply to the area from Sumbal power house as it is to be seen by higher authorities of generation and maintenance wings" the official added.
Notably there are three power houses in Ganderbal district but it is witnessing worst power scenario.