Few inches of snow plunges Kashmir into darkness

Few inches of snow plunges Kashmir into darkness
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Photo courtesy: Danish Ismail/Reuters

Srinagar: A few inches of snow on Saturday plunged several parts of Kashmir in darkness.

Not alone peripheries but the capital Srinagar also witnessed massive electricity cuts and outages amid freezing cold .

In Srinagar, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Bemina, Hyderpora, Lal Bazar and almost major parts of downtown were having no electricity from Saturday afternoon. Since 3pm, electricity has been snapped in downtown and is yet to be restored. Similarly, Rajbagh residents said electricity was cut in the afternoon.

Similar complaints poured from Jawahar Nagar where electricity has not been restored yet.

In Budgam, power supply has been snapped in several upper reaches of Budgam following the heavy snowfall. In Khag, Poshker, Khansahab, Chrar-e-sharief, Pakherpora and other areas the electricity supply lines got  damaged due tree falls.In Chadoora, a tree fall damaged electricity line and triggered traffic jam in the area. However, electricity was restored after getting affected in main Budgam and few other adjoining areas.

Majority of areas in south Kashmir’s areas were also having  no electricity. In Pulwama district, amid heavy snowfall hundreds of people took to the streets at Tral town to protest against Power Development Department.

The protesters led by Citizens council chairman Farooq Ahmad Trali blocked the Awantipora-Tral road near JK bank Tral-e-Bala and staged protest against the erratic power supply in Tral town and other several villages. ‘
Most of the areas in Shopian are also reeling under darkness due electricity shutdown.

An official spokesperson admitted of near full power outage. “Have been desperately trying for restoration of power supply. We use 1300 MW normally, the system is transmitting only 80 MW now,” he tweeted.

“Massive outage of Grid Stns & Transmission lines due to heavy snowfall on trees full of foliage. About 3500 KM length of line to be restored,” it added.

The power department has pressed more than 7000 employees on job to restore electricity in the Valley. ‘We are fighting natures fury to restore the power supply on war footing,” he said adding, “We understand fully that this is collectively very tough all of us, however please know that  we will work all through the night & do out best to restore as soon as possible”.