Shopian: Puncturing the tall claims of the government of providing regular power supply in the holy month of Ramdhan, residents of Shopian complained that PDD officials are resorting to frequent power cuts in the area.
Residents of different areas of Shopian contacted Kashmir Reader and said that they were facing huge problems due to frequent power cuts at the time of Sehri and Iftar.
“Government lied to us that they will increase the power supply time as compared to the other months but they did not,” Said Suhail Ahmad, a resident of Hirpora village of Shopian while adding that they used to have almost better power supply in other months compared to this month.
An official from power development department admitted power crisis in most areas of district Shopian.
Muntazir Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Trenz area said that the area remains in darkness soon after sun set. “We even have no means to protest because our protests are getting crushed with force so it’s better to remain silent than to get booked or injured in government action,” he said while demanding scheduled power supply for the area.
Executive engineer Power Development Department (PDD), Shopian, Irshad Hussain told Kashmir Reader that they are facing shortage of power supply despite announcement of hike in supply by the government. “Currently we get 28MWs against the need of 38MWs and there was also a snag in Lasipora grid station which led to more power cuts,” he said while adding that power supply would remain same till they will repair the Lasipora grid station and until the same station would be augmented.
Meanwhile residents from the district also allege that the transformer’s service center is almost nonfunctional as single technician is handling 12 need-base employees. Inhabitants said that once a transformer gets damaged it takes them a fortnight’s time or more to get their transformers repaired.
Officials within the PDD departemt said that the service centre at Gagren is outdated with less space.
“We have a single expert who handles 12 need-base employees which forces us to send transformers to Pampora- Central services center for transformer repairing which often takes more time,” they said.
“Four more experts and a big center with modern gadgets can solve the problem,” executive engineer said.
He added that people must cooperate with the department by not using heavy appliances so that the consumers wouldn’t suffer.