Power crisis in most of the villages of Srigufwara Tehsil of Anantnag district has forced thousands of inhabitants to undergo unprecedented tribulations.
With a population of over 40,000 souls, Sirhama and Khiram villages get electricity hardly for eight hours a day, residents of the area told Greater Kashmir. The situation, they said, is no better in adjoining villages of Nowshera, Mahind, Hatigam, K Kalan and Sheetipora.
"We fail to understand as to why our village is deprived of electricity when all its consumers pay the tariff regularly. The unscheduled power cuts amid sub-zero temperatures have affected the studies of our students," said Muhammad Ramzan Dar of Sirhama.
The residents alleged that they approached the concerned officials several times, but their requests on the issue fell flat.
Residents of village Khiram harbor no less resentment against the government over soaring power crisis. "Sometimes we think the electric poles should be bundled and dispatched to the Power Development Department so that we get rid of the frequent power cuts. By doing so we shall, at least, get some kerosene to save ourselves," said Ghulam Muhammad.
The residents of the two villages have decided to block the Highway at Sangam if the power crisis continued to haunt them.