Bandipora: The unscheduled power cuts are a routine in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district despite the division being augmented with a 33 KV grid and a few receiving stations.
The locals said that the power cuts had been a routine since September and were getting worse, annoying the consumers.
The residents complained that they were only getting a few hours of power supply and had to deal with long power cuts during the peak hours as the Power Development Department (PDD) was not following any schedule.
“The students are appearing in exams and face difficulties studying in the evenings. The businesses are also suffering,” said Khursheed Ahmad, a resident of Bandipora.
Locals said that Bandipora Market, Plan, Nowpora, Gamroo, Arin, Lowdara, Papchan, Kaloosa, Muslim Abad, Naz Colony, Panzigam, Pautshai and several other areas were facing unscheduled power outages.
Mohammad Mohsin, a resident of Bandipora town, said that they were facing power outages despite the fact that the authorities inaugurated a 33 KV Patushahai receiving station a few years ago to augment the power supply.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Executive Engineer PDD, Bandipora, Javid Ahmad said, “We have had continuous shutdowns at the grid station. The distribution department is busy with alignment and branch cuttings to prepare for the winters.”