1 inch snowfall worsens power woes

1 inch snowfall worsens power woes

The locals said while the power supply had already been erratic for the past few days, but since the start of bad weather, things worsened.

While an inch of snowfall in the City melted within hours, power woes furthered Monday particularly in south City areas like Bemina, Barzulla, Hyder Pora, Pir Bagh and Humhama.

The consumers accused the Power Development Department of failing to provide “decent power supply” to the flood hit Srinagar.

The locals said while the power supply had already been erratic for the past few days, but since the start of bad weather, things   worsened.

“There is no power schedule at all, we are being treated like animals,” said a delegation from Pir Bagh adding that the power remains off for around 10 to 12 hours a day.

“After floods the PDD initially pleaded that the infrastructure was damaged but what is the problem now,” asked a resident of Sanat Nagar.

Consumers accused the PDD of failing to provide any curtailment schedule for winter. “At least if there had been a schedule we would accordingly frame our works. But what has been happening now is that we are even not able to iron our clothes,” said a homemaker.

Another complaint which is growing with each passing is day is that of low voltage. “The voltage is so poor that some of our electrical appliances have developed snag. It is only because of the PDD failure that we are facing losses on yet another front,” the consumers said.

Observers relate the power woes with the political uncertainty in the state since December 23 results of Assembly elections which threw a fractured mandate. “Had there been an elected government in place the power scenario could have been more accountable,” said a political analyst.

But for the flood hit people power woes hint at economic loss on yet another front. “We are unable to procure costly LPG all the times, power supply could have fulfilled our domestic fuel issues but we often live in darkness,” said a Jawahar Nagar man.

PDD has been saying that power supply has been improved but that “peak hour load” on the system was playing a spoilsport. The PDD officials have often appealed the people to reduce power load.

Meanwhile the Srinagarites have appealed Governor NN Vohra and the Chief Engineer PDD Bashir Ahmed Khan to personally look into the matter.