Shopian: Most of the areas in this southern district, including the Shopian town, are reeling under darkness due to power breakdown caused by heavy snowfall last week.
Authorities have failed to restore electricity in dozens of villages of the district.
The outage, residents said, has badly affected the students who are appearing in board examinations.
“Electricity supply was disrupted on Thursday and the condition remained unchanged almost after a week,” Bilal Ahmad Malik, a resident of Trenz told Kashmir Reader.
Villagers from the area said that the supply in the belt was disconnected even before snowfall.
Malik said the outage has forced people to use kerosene lamps and candles.
“We know Shopian is hilly district but not so hilly that they pretend they are restoring power supply to Siachin glacier,” Masood Ahmad, another resident said.
The district headquarter is also without electricity since the snowfall last week. The businesses dependent on power supply in the main town are shut since.
Majid Manzoor, who resides in the town, lamented that despite tall claims, authorities have failed to restore electricity.
“They claim big things in media interviews but do nothing on ground. Is this a district headquarter or what,” he said.
He added that most of the board exams are underway at the time, and the power outage can adversely affect the performance of students.
In Chitragam Tehsil headquarter, villagers told Kashmir Reader the services to receiving station have been restored but none of the feeders of Chitragam Station were working.
Executive Engineer, Power Development Department, Shopian, Irshad Ahmad Choudary told Kashmir Reader that the power supply would be restored by evening.
“We are working on the main line that had suffered damages. We are providing supply to some areas. By today (Wednesday) evening, the electricity will be restored across the district,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Owais Ahmad also maintained that the power supply would be restored by evening.
“We would have restored the supplies but villagers at Ganowpora staged protest and didn’t allow the men to restore the power lines which delayed the restoration. We have installed the conductors and there will be electricity in evening,” he said.
Despite assurances, power supply was yet to be restored in the district, by the time this report was filed in the evening.