Say no respite from long power cuts in Ramadhan
Ganderbal: Residents of Gagangir village in Ganderbal district on Monday staged protest against Power Development Department (PDD) for long and unscheduled power cuts.
Hundreds of villagers blocked the Srinagar-Leh highway at Gagangir due to which hundreds of vehicles including tourist buses and army convoys were stranded.
“It is unfortunate that even in this holy month there are unscheduled power cuts at Sehri and Iftar time,” said a protester adding “despite repeated visits to higher officials nothing has been done so far.”
The protesters said the area was still supplied power according to winter schedule and the PDD had failed to ensure proper power supply.
Later police officials reached the spot and assured the protesters to take up their issue with concerned officials, after which they dispersed.
The Gund tehsil, under which the village falls, has seen several protests against the PDD over the last few days.
Sources in the department told Kashmir Reader that two high power (6.3MVA) power transformers worth Rs 80 lakh were lying idle at Kangan and Gagingir receiving stations. Commissioning of these transformers could provide smooth power supply to more than 38 villages of Kangan.