Pampore residents protest unscheduled power outage

Pampore residents protest unscheduled power outage
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PAMPORE: The residents of saffron town Pampore on Friday staged protests against the Power Development Department (PDD) for unscheduled power cuts in the area. Scores of residents from Drangbal area assembled in front of tehsil office soon after Friday prayers and shouted slogans against the PDD. The protesters included shopkeepers and traders.
“The electricity is playing hide and seek for the past two months mostly during the peak hours,” said one of the protesters adding that the PDD authorities snap power supply up to 15 hours in a day.
They said that students appearing in the examination were badly affected.
The residents also threatened to block Srinagar-Jammu highway if PDD failed to restore regular power supply in the Pampore town.
The residents said that the town faces high risks due to the presence of Pampore grid station.
“We have been worst sufferers as the high-tension line passing through the area has cast many a hazards in the area. The town has not received any comfort in lieu of the HT line,” Sameer Ahmad, a local resident said.
The protesters alleged that the tehsil administration backtracked from its promise which was made to the people of Pampore in 2014.
“In 2014 a meeting was convened at the tehsil office Pampore where it was decided that Pampore would be provided with 24 hour power supply for ten months and 18 hour power supply for two months in winter,” said the protesters.
Later Station House Officer (SHO) Manzoor Ahmad Beigh rushed to the spot and pacified the protesters by assuring them that their problem would be redressed soon.

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