Unscheduled power cuts irk Kupwara residents

Kupwara: The residents of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district are up in arms against the Power Development Department (PDD) for failing to provide adequate electricity to them.

Talking to ‘Kashmir Vision’, the residents said that the PDD have left both metered and un-metered areas to suffer in this bone chilling cold. “The authorities have failed to provide adequate electrity to the district from past several weeks,” they said.

“The Department doesn’t adhere to the schedule due to which the students preparing for examination are facing hardships,” they added, adding that when PDD installed meters in their area they were told that they would get power supply round the clock, but their promises turned out to be ‘a hoax’.

The situation in un-metered and remote villages of Kupwara, Langate, Handwara, Kralpora, Trehgam, Hayhama and valley Lolab is no different.

Many remote villages, including Badkoot, Rajpora, kalmoona, Hafrada, Rangward, Marseri, Shalal and other areas  are facing acute power shortage.  In Drugmulla, vodhpora, Muhgalpora, power supplied from Arampora grid station is disrupted after every half an hour.

“PDD resorts to continuous power cuts,” locals said, adding that even in the evenings, the electricity plays hide and seek.

“We have approached government several times to provide us normal supply, but rather than improving supply, it has deteriorated,” they said.

The students said that they couldn’t prepare for exams because of power cuts. “We can’t study properly as electricity plays hide and seek,” said Tariq Ahmad Mir, a student.


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