Mohammad Imran Naikoo
Baramulla: Residents of Dangarpora village, Narvav, are suffering immensely without electricity during this holy month of Ramadan.
Locals told Kashmir Reader that they are facing great hardships in this holy month of Ramadan because the village has had no electricity for the last 10 days. According to locals, the village has around 700 households and is situated in forest area at a distance of around 17 kilometres from the district headquarters.
“What could be worse than living without electricity supply even in the 21st century and that too in this holy month,” locals said.
“There is no sign of electricity in the village as the PDD (the Power Development Department) has not even erected electricity poles to supply power to the village. We are being treated as third-class citizens as there is nobody to listen to our woes,” said locals.
The residents said that despite their paying a hefty amount as their monthly electricity bill, the PDD is depriving them.
We request the concerned authority to look into the matter and solve the problem as early as possible, locals added. “Not only common people but students are also worst hit, as they can’t study after dusk. We have been repeatedly asking the authorities to fix this problem, but to no avail,” said Ajaz Ahmad Lone, a student.
“It is very unfortunate that nobody from the concerned department is serious towards the issue when everyone knows how electricity is needed in this blessed month. But we are like the people in ancient times, living in a miserable condition due to the lack of electricity. For the past more than 10 days, we have been plunged into darkness,” said Nazir Ahmad Wani, another resident.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Amin Shah, the Assistant Executive Engineer of PDD’s Baramulla division, said that the transformers in Dangarpora were damaged due to the recent windstorm. “The power supply in many areas of Narwav, including Dangarpora, was snapped due to broken poles and power lines. We are on the job, we have sent the Dangarpora transformer to Srinagar for repair. I assure the residents of Dangarpora that the transformer will be installed their village in two-three days.”