Ganderbal: Residents of Gund in Ganderbal district have accused the Power Development Department (PDD) of resorting to unscheduled power cuts in the harsh winter days in the area.
Most of the areas in Gund Tehsil like Sumbal, Fraw, Haknar, Gund, Ramwari, Rayil, and Kullan are reeling under darkness due to frequent and long power cuts in the area.
“We do not receive proper power supply as per schedule and frequent power cuts have become a daily affair now and the electricity remains off for whole day and when it comes, the voltage is extremely low,” the villagers said.
“The electricity is playing hide and seek from the past two months, frequent power cuts result in unbearable hardships to us,” said Muzaffar Ahmad Rather, a local resident.
“Our area has three power projects including USHP Sumbal, USHP Kangan and Ganderbal which are generating 22MW, 11MW and 105 MWs of power respectively, but we are the worst hit as the Power Development Department is resorting to erratic power supply,” Irshid Ahmad of Fraw said.
“At the time when foundation stones were laid for the construction of the power house Sumbal, we were assured and promised that electricity will be provided to our area from the power house.
But all the assurances proved to be a mere hoax and the people are suffering due to power supply,” said Sheikh Amir a social worker of Gund said.
Amir added that they have given land for the construction of the power project Sumbal and want due compensation for that in the form of electricity.