People and traders of Srinagar are up in arms against the Power Development Department (PDD) for resorting to unscheduled power cuts.
Residents of various areas including Zaina Kadal, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Nawa Kadal, Bohri Kadal, Batamaloo, Bemina, Hawal, Hyderpora, Shivpora and Rangreth said they face unscheduled power cuts.
"For past several days, PDD resorts to unscheduled power cuts. In absence of power, we face immense problems," said Riyaz Ahmad of Nowhatta.
"Despite being a fully metered area, we also face power cuts for several hours," said the residents of Gagribal.
Residents of Solina area complained of unscheduled power cuts. "While we face frequent power cuts, the adjoining Tulsi Bagh area housing several VIPS including Ministers and legislators are provided with round-the-clock power supply. This is sheer discrimination with us," said a group of residents of Solina.
"Though PDD has scheduled curtailment for three hours in a fully metered area, we face power cuts from five to nine hours in a day," said the residents of Ibrahim Colony Hyderpora.
Traders of Shaher-e-Khaas have threatened to launch an agitation if PDD does not supply power as per schedule. "Our business has been severely affected due to unscheduled power cuts. PDD resorts to power cuts for 10 hours in a day. We would be forced to take to roads and launch an agitation against the PDD if it does not supply power as per schedule," said Nazir Ahmad Shah, President All Kashmir Traders Federation Shaher-e-Khaas Zaina Kadal.
Despite repeated attempts, Chief Engineer PDD, Bashir Khan did not respond to calls for his comments. Superintending Engineer Circle I, Showkat Banday, said PDD is supplying power as per notified schedule. "For non-metered areas, there is curtailment for eight hours and for metered areas it is for three hours. We are providing power as per schedule. It is mandatory for us to go for power cuts to save the grids from overloading. We appeal consumers to make judicious use of electricity," Banday said
Meanwhile, miffed over power cuts during peak hours, the Rangreth Industrial Estate unit holders are holding a meeting with Chief Engineer PDD today.
The aggrieved unit holders said the PDD has started power cuts from 6 pm to 10 pm—stating it has affected their business. "We took up the matter with concerned Superintending Engineer and he expressed helplessness to change the curtailment hours. We would be holding a meeting with Chief Engineer PDD today and demand changing curtailment hours," said Tariq Razak president Association of Industrialists, Industrial Complex Rangreth.