Sopore residents up in arms over power cuts

Sopore residents up in arms over power cuts

SOPORE: Power outages in north Kashmir’s Sopore town and its adjacent villages in the last about two months have left the residents fuming.
The residents of Dangerpora village in Sopore on Tuesday blocked the Sopore-Dooru link road to protest the unscheduled power cuts
They accused the Power Development Department for neglecting the area.
“This year the weather was good, but the authorities are still coming up with excuses to enforce power cuts,” Mohammad Ahsan Dar, a resident of Dangerpora, said.
“If the weather is fine, why don’t they provide us scheduled power supply? If I am paying my electricity bills regularly, what stops the government from provide me my right?
“If the action isn’t taken soon, we will stop paying the electricity bills as a mark of protest,” he said.
In other villages such as Bahrampure, Seelo, Zaloora, Sagipora, Bomai, Seer, and Tujar, the consumers said their repeated pleas have been ignored.
Assistant executive engineer, Sopore, Showkat Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader said the power cuts were due to the fault in 33,000 KVA line.
“Our team is working on restoring this line. They will get scheduled power supply soon,” he said.
About the other areas, he blamed the people for using extra power.
“We provide 0.5MAH which allows use of 4 to 5 lamps. But the people use heaters and boilers, which cause power shortage,” he said.

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