Tral shuts down against power scarcity

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 31: People in Tral observed shutdown on Wednesday to protests against the non-availability of electricity in the area.
 A local news agency KNS reported that on the call of the local traders’ body the shops and business houses remained closed for the day and traffic remained off the roads. Raising slogans against Power Development Department, the youth in the morning took to streets and pelted stones on the vehicles, enforcing shutdown. 
 “A dozen vehicles were damaged in stone pelting,” KNS reported, adding people in the afternoon staged a protest rally and went to the local grid station.
 The protesters said the area was without power supply for past 18-days which has been causing inconvenience to the people.
 “On the name of repair of electric poles and transmission lines the department has completely stopped the power supply to our area. It is causing acute inconvenience to the public especially students who aren’t able to study in evening,” they said. 
 The protesters threatened to snap the connections if the electricity wasn’t restored soon.
 The PDD officials, however, said the curtailment in electricity was due to the repair work in the area.