Locals protesting power cuts block train in Palhallan

The Baramulla-Banihal train service came to grinding halt on Tuesday at Palhallan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla as hundreds of local residents staged protest on the railway track against frequent interruption in the power supply.
Locals protesting power cuts block train in Palhallan
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The Baramulla-Banihal train service came to grinding halt on Tuesday at Palhallan in north Kashmir's Baramulla as hundreds of local residents staged protest on the railway track against frequent interruption in the power supply.

The protesters after assembling on the railway track raised slogans against the administration and the power development department accusing them of neglecting their area. 

The train service remained affected for over an hour and resumed only after sub-divisional magistrate Pattan arrived at the scene and assured protesting people that their grievance would be taken up with the authorities.

According to the protesting people, the electricity transformer at Mohalla Hajam in Palhallan was not sufficient for the area as it often breaks down due to excessive load.

"We are suffering for last 25 days. Despite several representations to district officials regarding the issue, they have not addressed our problem. Left with no option we stopped the train service in a bid to attract authorities' attention," said Muhammad Akram, a protester. 

While demanding replacement of the existing transformer with an increased capacity transformer, the protesting people said they would continue with their protest if the authorities did not pay heed to their grievance.

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