SHOPIAN: About a hundred villages of district Shopian have been rendered without electricity for the past two days as the villagers of Sugan enforced fault on 33,000 KVA line as a mark of protest against the frequent power breakdowns in the area.
According to the department sources, the HT line from Chitragam receiving station to Pahnoo village is lengthy and often overloaded. “In January, Sugan villagers enforced fault in the 33000 KVA lines while demanding separate transmission line. They were promised by the government that the area will be given separate power supply from Pinjora receiving station but till date no such step was taken,’’ a top official from PDD Shopian said.
“We are in complete darkness despite the government promises smooth power supply during the month of Ramadan. The government doesn’t care about our problems,” a villager Farooq Ahmad Bhat from Molu area said.
Villagers from Turkwangam told Kashmir Reader that they will hit the streets if the power supply was not restored immediately. “Many a times we demonstrated before the authorities to give separate supply to the upper villages but till date no one paid heed to our problems,” Abdul Hameed Wani, a resident of Turkwangam village said.
Residents of Trenz village told Kashmir Reader that they are facing such kind of power crisis from past 10 years but despite demonstrations before higher authorities we are still living in Stone Age due to the callous attitude of the government.
Earlier in January executive engineer Shopian, local lawmaker Aijaz Ahmad Mir (MLA Wachi) and deputy commissioner of Shopian, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri promised the area that separate power supply would be given to the area but no such step was taken as five months has passes from then.
Executive engineer PDD Shopian, Irshad Ahmad said that they have completed work on HT lines from Pinjora to Trenz village but are waiting for transformer for Pinjora station.
Muzafar Ahmad Lone, executive engineer told Kashmir Reader that they are in negotiations with the villagers of Sugan who created fault in the 33,000 KVA lines and power will be restored soon. “There is no sanctioned transformer for the Pinjora receiving station as of now but we are in contact with the government and new transformer will be installed soon,” he said.