TRAL: Tral town in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district observed a complete shutdown Tuesday to oppose the Power Development Department’s move to install High Tension Metres.
The shutdown call was jointly given by the local Traders Federation, Trade Union, and civil society. They alleged that the installation was aimed to inflict miseries on the residents of Tral.
The residents alleged that the department was making the customers with low energy consumption pay more.
“The department installed low tension metres in the town in 2006, but never charged us as per the metre readings,” Irshad Ahmad Kar, a protestor, said, adding they have been charging the consumers a flat rate.
Executive Engineer of the Power Development Department, Awantipora Division, Muzaffer Jan Matoo, said installing High Tension Metres was a proposal approved in a few years ago for the towns with a population of more than 10,000 consumers as per 2001 census.
“Installation of High Tension Metres is just for proper calculation of the energy consumption. It would not affect anybody,” he said.
“The people are insisting on installation of the metres in Pampore and Awantipora areas, which don’t fulfil the 10,000-population criteria.
“The installation is not being executed by me. The authorities concerned would take a call about whether or not to proceed with the installation,” he said.