Baramulla: The ‘homeless families’ from NHPC colony at Gunatamulla protested on Friday against the snapping of their power supply.
About 32 families that lost their houses in 2005 earthquake at Uri and other villages in Baramulla were shifted by the then-government to the colony.
They were provided tin-shed for their temporary residence until the government could reconstruct their houses.
On Friday afternoon, the people, mostly women and children, staged a protest against the authorities’ move to snap their power supply.
“About 10 days ago, the villagers from Gantamulla Payeen, Gantamulla Colony, Kitchama, and other villages protested against regular power cuts. Now, the Power Development Department has cut our power supply lines without any information. They say we have been living here illegally,” the protesters said. “We pay our bills regularly,” they said.
The families threatened to block the Srinagar-Muzzafarabad highway if their electricity supply wasn’t restored forthwith. The superintendent engineer (SE) concerned, Daljeet Singh, said the power supply was snapped on the directions of district development commissioner (DDC).
“She gave the order after receiving complaints that these families were living illegally in the colony. We will restore their services within a day if the DDC orders us,” he said.