SRINAGAR: Despite having agreements for receiving power, the consumers in Jhelum and Ayub colonies of Srinagar’s Parimpora locality are without electricity.
The colonies don’t have the infrastructure required for the transmission of electricity from the local receiving station.
“Parimpora has two transformers supplying electricity to all consumers except in these two colonies,” Zahid Ahmad, a resident, said.
The neglect has forced the consumers to resort to illegal means of getting electricity, often resulting in damage to the transformers.
“In the last four months, the transformers got damaged almost six times,” Mudasir Ahmad, another resident, said.
The residents said the Power Development Department erected poles in the colonies a few years ago, but didn’t lay the wires for transmission.
They said they were being ‘punished’ because of their nonparticipation in the 2014 Assembly elections.
“Since we stayed away from the polls in 2014, the concerned MLA is punishing us by resorting to this cheap politics. He has instructed the authorities not to provide power to our our colonies,” they said, adding that their visits to the MLA’s office didn’t solve their problem.
Noor Mohammad, the local MLA, refutes the allegations.
“It is my duty to look after my people. Let them come to my office. I will provide them transformers and electric wires,” he said, adding, “I don’t know these areas.”
The power Development Department doesn’t, however, agree that the residents of the colonies have agreements.
“What do you expect PDD to do when these people do not have any agreements?” the PDD chief engineer, Bashir Khan, said.