PDD under fire as Kashmir areas reel under darkness

Many parts of Kashmir reeled under darkness after the region received few inches of snowfall since Saturday evening, giving tough time to people amid chilly weather conditions.
PDD under fire as Kashmir areas reel under darkness
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Many parts of Kashmir reeled under darkness after the region received few inches of snowfall since Saturday evening, giving tough time to people amid chilly weather conditions.

No sooner the Valley received the fresh spell of snow, the power supply was snapped to many parts and the situation continued to remain so till late Sunday evening.

Kashmir's commercial hub of Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas which have reeled under darkness for longer periods this winter again faced tough time as power supply remained cut-off for more than 20 hours.

"The power supply was cut-off at around 9:30 pm on Saturday. There is no word from the Power Development Department about restoring the supply," said visibly-angry Muhammad Ashraf who lives near The Bund area in Lal Chowk. The situation was similar in Press Enclave here and its surrounding areas which reeled under darkness till late Sunday evening.

"Our area is also reeling under darkness since yesterday evening," said Abdul Hamid of Dalgate.

President of Traders' Federation Downtown, Nazir Ahmad Shah, complained that the PDD is least bothered to restore power supply.

The situation was similar in many districts including Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora which reeled under complete darkness since Saturday late evening while the power played hide and seek in other districts too.

The power supply remained disrupted in entire Baramulla since yesterday evening, reports said. People from majority of areas in Kupwara like Trehgam, Reshigund, Gazriyal, Dardsund, Kralpora and Shumnag complained that power supply remained cut-off to their areas since yesterday.

In central and south Kashmir districts like Budgam and Anantnag respectively, people had to face prolonged power cuts.

"Now the Power Development Department will come up with the excuse that a few inches of snowfall disrupted the entire supply system," said Muzaffar Ahmad of Chanapora in Srinagar, adding: "Our locality is without power since yesterday evening."

Late in the evening, a senior official of Power Development Department said they have restored supply to entire Kashmir.

He said at some places the supply system witnessed damage due to lightening on Saturday night while at some other locations tree branches had fallen on the supply lines, hampering the power supply.

The PDD Chief Engineer Shahnaz Goni couldn't be contacted for her comments as her mobile phone was switched off.

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