Shutdown, protest in Tral over power crisis

Hundreds of people took to the streets and shouted slogans against the power development department (PDD)

IRFAN AMIN MALIK
Tral, Publish Date: Nov 13 2018 10:49PM | Updated Date: Nov 13 2018 11:26PM
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A complete shutdown was observed and protests were held on Tuesday in Tral township of Pulwama district against the power crisis.

Hundreds of people took to the streets and shouted slogans against the power development department (PDD). 

The protesters blocked all roads leading to the main town and staged protests at the main market Tral. 

They complained against unscheduled and long power cuts that they have been facing for last two weeks.

As per source, a group of people from the adjoining Amirabad village has illegally got their village connected to the transmission system that supplies power to the main town. “Since then the power supply to the town has further worsened,” locals said. 

The official figures reveal that the “main town receives 20 MW from Kanjinag grid station against the requirement of 35 MW.”

AEE PDD sub-division Tral, Mohammad Maqbool told Greater Kashmir that some “miscreants last week at Amirabad village have illegally taken power line from the main town without taking department into consideration.”

"The power supply of metered areas cannot be given to non-metered areas particularly when the town is facing power cuts due to overloading. We have informed the administration and the police requesting them to lodge an FIR against the culprits," he said.

Meanwhile, the protesters have appealed to the authorities to conduct an enquiry into the matter and restore power supply to the town as per the schedule. 

They urged the chief engineer system and operation to enhance the power capacity in the local grid station.

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