Unscheduled power cuts return to Srinagar, people suffer

Residents of different areas of the summer capital Srinagar on Wednesday complained that power department was resorting to unscheduled and extended power cuts in their localities.

They said of late both metered and unmetered areas have started witnessing frequent cuts in electricity, which was putting people to inconvenience.

These pesky power cuts are now triggering resentment among people, who have asked Power Development Department (PDD) to stick to a power schedule.

A group of locals from Syed Abad Soiteng here claimed the area was witnessing more than 15 hours cut in power supply daily.

“The power department doesn’t abide by any schedule. After every 20 minutes, the power supply is snapped to our area,” said Ghulam Hassan Bhat, a resident Syed Abad.

He said the electricity cuts have grown severe during the past one week. “Why should we pay the bills when we don’t get the scheduled power supply?” he said.

Manzoor Ahmad, another local urged the authorities to issue winter power schedule. “We hardly get power supply during the evening hours when it is needed most,” he said.

According to resident of uptown area of Natipora the entire area was witnessing frequent cuts in power supply of late.

Shuib Ahmad said the unscheduled power cuts return to Kashmir soon after the civil secretariat moves to Jammu as part of biannual darbar practice.

People from several other areas of the city also complained of the power curtailment. “We are facing regular power cuts for past one week even as our area is fully metered,” said residents of Habba Kadal.

People of Noorbagh, Qamarwari said that despite being a metered area, they were not provided round- the- clock power supply.

The residents said the PDD officials had promised 24-hour power supply to the area during installation of the meters. “However, we are facing long power cuts. This is sheer discrimination,” they said.

People of Chanapora, Hyderpora, Rambagh and Sanat Nagar also complained of long power cuts.