Residents of this border district are facing unscheduled and prolonged power cuts bringing misery particularly to students whose exams are going on these days.
The locals accused the Power Development Department of failing to ensure proper supply of electricity despite repeated requests.
"Unscheduled power curtailment is affecting our business badly and curtailment has reached even up to six to seven hours a day", said a group of locals.
They said that officials of Power Development Department are making excuses of power overload "but are washing their hands from their task to decrease the power load by keeping check over power theft".
A student of class 12th, Mohammad Basharat said that his exams are going on but excessive power curtailment is taking toll over his studies.
"We are not able to prepare for exams in view of lack of power supply during night hours", he said.
Locals alleged that on one side some influential people are enjoying usage of high heating appliances due to power theft but on the other hand poor students are facing lot of hardships in preparing for their exams.
They urged Deputy Chief Minister and PDD Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh to intervene in the matter and to ensure that smooth power supply in maintained in Rajouri district.
Meanwhile, residents of Nerojal village of Thanamandi tehsil today staged a protest against Power Development Department alleging its failure to restore power supply in their area.
A large number of people led by local Javed Ahmed assembled on the Rajouri-Thanamandi road and blocked it for vehicular traffic raising slogans against PDD. Locals also said that power transformer installed in the village received technical snag about ten days ago but it is yet to be replaced with a properly functioning transformer.
Soon after receiving information SHO Thanamandi, Insp. Nazir Ahmed rushed to the spot and pacified the situation by assuring the people that their matter will be taken up with the senior officers of PDD for timely redressal.