Six Lolab villages still crave for power supply, use firewood for lighting

Six Lolab villages still crave for power supply, use firewood for lighting

Kupwara: A cluster of villages in north Kashmir’s Kupwara are unelectrified despite claims by the government that most areas of the Valley have been provided the requisite power supply.
In Lolab Valley, a minimum of six villages–Batnar, Doban, Chakla, Sharant, Gratnar and Taryan—remain deprived of energy and people are forced to live life like in the Stone Age.
Younis Abrar, a social activist of the area while talking to Kashmir Reader said that two years ago power department installed transformers, poles and wire in these villages but the villages were not connected with the supply lines.
This resulted into gradual decline in the infrastructure as polices fell down due to vagaries of weather.
He said several women of these villages have not seen electricity lamps as they have not ventured out of the areas.
Gulam Ahmad, another resident of the area said that the impoverished people have no political connections and that was the main reason for depriving it from basic amenities. He said most of the people are using solar lanterns for illumination and recharging cell phones while others are still depending upon firewood for light and cooking.
He said the villages are located deep in the forested area in Ramhal tehsil of Lolab. This forlornness is another reason for their deprivation, he said.
Executive engineer of the power development department (PDD) Kupwara did not pick up hi phone for comment despite repeated attempts.