Power crisis deepens in Rajouri

Power crisis deepens in Rajouri

Locals say the department has failed to check illegal use of heavy consumption power gadgets and theft, which has resulted in deepening of the crisis in the district.

With the Power Development Department (PDD) failing to cope up with the demand for electricity, several areas of this border district are witnessing prolonged, unscheduled power cuts, putting locals to great inconvenience.

 

Locals say the department has failed to check illegal use of heavy consumption power gadgets and theft, which has resulted in deepening of the crisis in the district.

 

“With each passing day in the ongoing winter season, unscheduled power curtailment has exceeded four hours a day, which has put households and businesses to extreme difficulties”, they said.

 

As per the reports pouring in from all the area of district, including Rajouri town and rural belts like Manjakote, Darhal, Thanamandi, Doongi, Kotranka, Budhal, besides scheduled power curtailment of eight hours a day, the department is resorting to unscheduled power curtailment which has now exceeded to more than four hours a day. This has left people of the district, especially the traders an students in a state of helplessness.

 

The unscheduled power curtailment is mostly made during the peak hours of power requirement from 4 PM to 11 PM, the locals lament.

 

Having to face extreme hardships in studies due to power crisis, Akshay Sharma, a 10th class student of Rajouri town , said: “My family cannot afford inverter facility and now due to frequent power cuts I cannot prepare for the exams”.

 

Meanwhile sources within Power Development Department, said that although power crisis is more due to supply deficit “but so far the department has failed to tackle power theft”.

 

“Large scale illegal use of high power consuming appliances like water boilers, heaters, geysers is on and department is not in mood to act against this illegal use” said sources adding that power crisis in district can be checked to a reasonable extent if authorities act against power theft.

 

The locals also expressed anguish over the low power voltage and stated that availability of supply intermittently is of no use either. 

 

Executive Engineer of the Power Development Department could not be contacted for his comments. However another senior officer of PDD, wishing anonymity, said that not only power theft, power overload and shortage of power supply are the reasons for the ongoing power crisis.