SRINAGAR: Agitated by the unscheduled and unwarranted power cuts, people in Kashmir valley accuse Power Development Department (PDD) of ignoring their plight and sufferings.
The residents of various Srinagar areas including Armwari Rajbagh, Sonwar, Bagh-e-Mehtaab, Bemina, Fateh Kadal, Khanyar, Batamaloo, Qamarwari, Rambagh, Sanat Nagar alleged that PDD has failed to follow the electricity schedule.
Both metered and non-metered consumers here accused PDD of not following the schedule and subjecting them to long hours of unscheduled power cuts. They said that they feel like living in darkness.
Residents of Armwari Rajbagh said that the administration has failed to provide them adequate electricity since there is no schedule in power now. The authorities must direct the PDD provide adequate electricity to inhabitants, they said.
Locals of Bagh-e-Mehtaab accused PDD of deliberate and frequent power cuts after every hour or two. And in evening and wee hours a complete blackout is witnessed by the residents. They said that for couple of weeks they are distressed by the expanded and multiple power cuts.
Fateh Kadal and Khanyar residents said that it looks like the electricity is also moving with the yearly Darbar Move. They said that PDD has lost its daily power schedule in Valley now. Despite maintaining the proper power supply in summer, now in these cold days the department makes us to suffer.
“Despite paying monthly bills regularly, the department forces us to suffer in these cold days by frequent power cuts. In 24 hours, the electricity hardly remains for four to five hours,” they said.
Unscheduled and expanded power cuts have also distressed the students.
“The students suffer even during the exam days by the unscheduled and overlong power cuts by which they could not study. After every fifteen minutes, the light goes off, forcing them to wait for hours and after that the hardships continue till night,” the residents said.
The power woes came also from the inhabitants of district Baramulla and Kupwara, where people said that from the month of October the expanded power cuts have snagged their lives, the days remain power less and nights dark, however the residents of district Pulwama grieved for the same.
Chief Engineer PDD, Hashmat Qazi told Kashmir Reader that department is providing more power than they are in agreement with people to supply. He cited the overloading the main cause for power cuts.
“825 mega watt is the amount of power the department has agreed to provide to people in whole Kashmir but currently 1371 mega watts are being consumed in Kashmir, which is more than 500 mega watts more than the actual consumption,” Qazi said.
He said that people in certain areas are using unauthorized power supply by using heaters, geezers etc. for that the department will conduct inspections and the unauthorized users would be fined heavily so that the menace could be solved.
“The current departmental grid capital is 1300 mega watts, and very soon the department is adding the capacity by Alasteng power grid station. The 350 mega watts station would be functional by this December,” Qazi informed.
He appealed people to avoid “misuse of electricity”. “The prime time for the power supply is from 6pm to 10pm so that children could study properly, but due to the excessive overloading they suffer,” Qazi added.