Students worst affected; families relying on kerosene lamps for light; PDD blames faults developed in transmission
SHOPIAN: Continuous breakdown of electricity has put Shopian in darkness as authorities fail to provide an hour of undisputed power supply in the district.
Residents of this south Kashmir district are facing the worst power supply ever; worst affected are the students preparing for their different board and university exams.
Shopkeepers and businessmen from Shopian accuse the government of “step motherly attitude” towards the district. “They (government) supply power to other states of India and we were looming in darkness. This is not a government, it is a slap in the name of governance,” Javid Ahmad, a shopkeeper from Shopian town said.
Muneeb ul Islam, a 12th class student complained that the situation in villages was worse than town areas. Bashir Ahmad, a town resident, found a conflict in government’s messages – “they ask people to not to burn leaves, but they do not provide any electricity as a substitute to consumers”.
A group of shopkeepers and traders said that their business had been adversely affected. Students who want to apply for courses and scholarships online are left worried. In villages, families are making up for the lack of electricity with kerosene lamps. Farooq Ahmad, a resident of Pahnoo village, said that an a battery attached to an inverter in his house does not charge as the “voltage is too low for the equipment to work”.
Executive Engineer Power Development Department Shopian, Gulzar Ahmad Khuchay, said that faults developed in the Gagren receiving station caused the power breakdowns in Shopian town.
He said that there are other technical faults in sine power lines which have disrupted power supply in other districts as well. “The supply will remain same at least for the next fifteen days,” he added.