Pampore shuts against erratic power supply; highway blocked for hours

IQBAL KIRMANI
Pampore: Traffic came to grinding halt as hundreds of residents from several areas of this Saffron town blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway for nearly eight hours against erratic power supply.
The gridlock ended only after the district administration assured the local co-ordination committee to supply Pampore with 18- hour power supply from Nov 26.
“We are provided a maximum of two hours power supply and despite raising the issue with the concerned authorities hundreds of times nothing was done to address the issue,” the protestors said.
From 9 am to 3 pm, the highway witnessed a massive traffic jam as protestors led by Abdul Rashid Bhat, president of the co- ordination committee, turned down concerned SHO’s assurances to address the issue.
“Unless the concerned officials visit the spot, the protests will continue,” said Abdul Rashid.
Later Additional Deputy Commissioner Lyke Parvez Ahmad, Assistant Executive Engineer Lateef Ahmad and Tehsildar Abdul Rahman Dar rushed to the spot and promised the co- ordination committee that from Wednesday the area will be provided 18- hour power supply.
While hailing the efforts of Station House Officer Pampore Raja Tasleem, protestors said that the concerned SHO helped the people in solving the problem.
“An agreement was reached between the co- ordination committee and the district administration and the PDD, and ADC promised that Pampore will be provided 18 hour power supply from Wednesday,” said Rashid.