BUDGAM: The residents of a village in Magam area of this central Kashmir district on Wednesday staged a protest demanding a separate power transformer.
The residents of New Colony Wat-Magam Wednesday morning hit the streets and staged a demonstration against the power development department (PDD) for its “failure” to install a new transformer in the village, eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader.
They said the protesters chanted anti-PDD slogans and blocked Magam-Beerwah road to press for their demand. Within a couple of minutes, hundreds of vehicles came to halt resulting in a massive traffic jam which lasted for almost an hour.
“In this age of technology when people are witnessing zero power cuts, authorities have not even installed power lamps on our houses,” Khan Ahad, a local, said.
He said they have several times apprised the PDD about the issue but “they seem to be least concerned”.
Last year, we staged several protests against the PDD and at the final stage, the department assured us of giving separate transformer, Khan said. “After completing the documentation, they (PDD) did not pay any heed, hence again forcing us to come on streets.”
Meanwhile, the protests ended peacefully after the tehsil administration and PDD officials along with police personnel visited the spot and assured the people that their grievances would be looked into.