Gund faces serious power shortage, locals threaten stir

Sheikh Anees/Riyaz Bhat
Sonamarg: The entire area of Central Kashmir’s Tehsil Gund is reeling under darkness from the past several weeks.
Locals while expressing anguish over the serious death of power in the area said despite paying electricity dues on time, the power provided to them is dominated by unscheduled cuts.
The villages including famous tourist resort Sonamarg, Gaganagair, Kullan, Rayil, Ramwari, Gund, Haknar, Fraw, Sumbal, and Surfraw continue to bear the brunt of power shortage from the past one week.
Locals said children’s education in the areas, facing power scarcity is badly getting affected as they have to study under the candle light that too at a time when the annual exams are round the corner.
“Despite the Valley standing out as major source of power generation in India, we are the most affected as the power generated here is supplied to other states and we are left in lurch,” said a local resident of Safapora area, Firdous Ahmad.
Locals hailing from several villages of Gund Tehsil said if PDD fails to improve the power supplies, they would be forced to take to streets and protest. “We have brought the issue before the notice of the officials, but they are not doing anything. Now if they don’t improve it, we will be forced to protest,” said Muzaffar Ahmad a resident of Haknar said.