Anti-PDD protests held in Tral, block road for several hours

Bilal Habib

Tral: Scores of residents of Nowdal village in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday protested against Power Development Department (PDD) and the local MLA for failing to address power woes in their area.
The residents blocked Awantipora-Tral road and disrupted traffic movement for about four hours and raised slogans against the PDD officials and MLA Mushtaq Ahmad Shah.
They said that the PDD was denying them a new transformer after the previous one was damaged. “ They (PDD officials) told us that it costs Rs two lakh to purchase a new transformer so they can’t give us a new one. We then went to the local MLA but he categorically rejected our plea,” they said.
The protesting residents accused the MLA of being “insensitive” to their problems. ““We have voted the MLA to power. How can he be insensitive to our problems,” they said.
Meanwhile, the protestors dispersed after MLA Tral Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, Tehsildar Tral Ghulam Mohammad Trag and Awantipora police reached the spot and assured the protestors that their demands and grievances will be take up with the higher authorities.
When contact MLA Tral, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah told Kashmir Reader that the residents of the village had visited him two days ago and he had asked them to wait for two more days.