Srinagar: With the onset of winter, people of several areas in the summer capital are facing immense hardships due to unscheduled power cuts.
Residents of various Uptown and Downtown areas said that for the past weeks, the power supply is snapped for two to three hours during a day. The erratic power supply has led to outrage in these affected areas, with consumers asking authorities to issue “power curtailment schedule in force, if any.”
Residents of Syed Abad Soiteng said that they have to bear with long power cuts during the day.
“The supply mostly remains affected during the day. This has been now a norm for past one month now,” said Ghulam Hassan Bhat, a local resident.
Locals said that they don’t get satisfactory answers when they approach local grid station of Power Development Department (PDD) to know cause of power curtailment.
“For first few days, they said that power cuts are because of some repairs. But now, every day they tell us one or other excuse,” said Muhammad Yaseen, a local.
“This year PDD authorities in our area have broken all previous records of power cuts on onset of winters. This is something unbelievable. We are first time experiencing such a worst power supply on the onset of winter,” said a group of locals of Padshahibagh.
Residents of Shivpora have similar complaints. “Usually, the power supply during winters may remain disrupted but is restored immediately. This year, the situation of power supply is erratic, unsatisfactory,” they said.
Complaints of unscheduled power cuts were received from various Downtown areas including Bagh-Ali-Mardan, Almagari Bazar and Hawal, Bemina, Habba Kadal, Dargah Hazratbal and its adjacent areas.
PDD Chief Engineer Ajaz Ahmad said that he would look into the matter.
Meanwhile, an official from PDD said that the department was likely to issue a fresh curtailment schedule for metered and non-metered areas shortly.