PDD’s ‘failure’ to tackle power issues rock LC

SOHAIL PUNJABI

Jammu: Cutting across party lines, members of upper house Thursday decried the “failure” of Power Development Department (PDD) to tackle the electricity issues in the state.
The MLCs from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Congress and National Conference (NC) vociferously raised the issue during Zero Hour.
They said the PDD has failed to address the issues especially in areas hit by landslide and rains in Kishtwar, Rajouri, Bhaderwah, and Leh
They said that there are a number of areas which reel under darkness as the department have failed to restore damaged transformers for months together.
The members, Sajjad Kichloo (NC), Firdous Tak (PDP), Vibodh Gupta (BJP), Naresh Gupta (Congress), Sofi Yousuf (BJP) informed the House that due PDD’s failure, people and school going children have suffered a lot.
While state government has been giving assurance for last few days to address the issue, they said, nothing has been done on ground so far.
For the last few days, Kichloo and Tak said that they have been regularly raising the issue in the House but to no avail.
Vibodh Gupta said that village Kabla in Rajouri district is without electricity from 40 days and that no one from PDD has even visited the area.
Naresh Gupta said that in Baderwah, the villages like Thathri, Gandoh and other adjoining areas are without power from 13 days “but government seems helpless to restore the power supply.”
Sofi Yousuf said that there are 115 villages in Pahalgam segment of the assembly segment where transmission lines are going through damaged wooden electric poles. “There are 50 villages where ther are no electricity poles and the issue has not been addressed by the government for two decades due to which the people are still deprived of power facilities.”
Another MLC said that various villages in Leh district are without transformers for more than a month and the concerned department has failed to install the new or repair the transformers.
“I have been raising this issue before this house during Question Hour from last three days but nothing has been done in this regard and people continue to suffer,” he said.
Subsequently, the LC Chairman Amrit Malhotra asked the PDD MoS Mohammad Ashraf Mir to look into the matter “expeditiously.”
“The matter is very serious and the House wants PDD to tackle the issues expeditiously,” he added.