Weather improves, power supply doesn't

Weather improves, power supply doesn''t

The Srinagarites have been saying that for the past few days power supply has deteriorated with rise in power cuts in areas like Jawahar Nagar, Barzulla, Hyder Pora, Pir Bagh and Bemina.

Even as weather improved Thursday, the erratic power supply continued to irk inhabitants of this summer capital. 

The Srinagarites have been saying that for the past few days power supply has deteriorated with rise in power cuts in areas like Jawahar Nagar, Barzulla, Hyder Pora, Pir Bagh and Bemina.

A resident of Jawahar Nagar, a worst-hit locality by September floods said power supply has turned highly erratic. "Power has been playing hide-and-seek all the times. No schedule is being adhered to," he said.

Residents of Barzulla said erratic power supply has compounded their woes and energy expenditures, alike. "We just can’t rely on electricity for it being erratic day in and day out while this mess has furthered in the past few days of wet weather," they said.

The areas fed by the Rawal Pora grid said: "PDD has taken us for a ride and if the supply is not improved, we will have no options but to Gherao the office of PDD Executive Engineer."

The residents of Hamza Mohalla, Hamdaniya Colony Bemina had another woeful tale to add. They alleged that some consumers resort to hooking because of which power voltage drops drastically. "We have to bank on lanterns," the locals said.

Even though it is mandatory for the PDD to announce curtailment schedule, the department has been skipping to keep consumers updated about the plan. Advocate Muhammad Suhail it was unlawful on the part of the PDD not to announce power curtailment schedule. "It is the

right of the consumers to be aware of the services so that they chalk out their plans accordingly," he said.

Sources said amid political uncertainty in the state the department was unable to announce a schedule which could be adhered to. "Announcement of schedule needs to be adhered to but under the given circumstances when we are often unable to conduct inspections to check power pilferage, things have been uncertain," said an insider requesting not to be named. 

Chief Engineer PDD Bashir Ahmed Khan on the other hand has been saying that the department was trying its best to offer quality services but that the "peak time" load has been a  hindrance in smooth power supplies.