Handwara villages reels under darkness

Residents of several villages in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district are reeling under darkness for the last several days after a 33KV line developed some technical snag.

Locals complained that amid Covid19 scare, the power disruption has added to their hardships.

The residents of villages Bakiaker, Wadipora, Batkoot, Magam in Rajwar Handwara said that their areas are without electricity from last several days.

“From last several days, the electricity supply in our area is badly affected. The authorities of Power Development Department (PDD) are taking advantage of the prevailing situation and don’t bother to address the issue,” alleged Ghullam Rasool, resident of Wadipora village.

The locals said that despite their repeated calls to PDD officials, no attempt has been made by the officials to rectify the fault.

“We were told that there was some fault in the 33KV line. The fault could have been corrected during these days had PDD officials been interested. We are already facing lockdown, the non-availability of electricity is further stretching our hardships” says Abdul Majeed, a resident of Wadipora.

Speaking on the issue, a PDD official said that a 33KV line had developed snag in the area.

“The field employees of the department are on job and electricity will be restored soon in the affected villagers,” the official assured.