Anti-PDD protests held at several places in Tral

Anti-PDD protests held at several places in Tral
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Locals say electricity has not been restored since snowfall

TRAL: The locals of Ameerabad and Litter villages in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday staged protest against the power development department (PDD) over the erratic power supply. The Citizens Council Tral also joined the protesters who blocked the Tral-Dasdsara road.
The residents hit the streets and staged a demonstration against the PDD for “failing” to restore electricity since last week’s snowfall. They blocked the traffic movement for hours.
“The PDD officials only assure us of providing the regular power supply. Our children are appearing in annual examinations and they are the worst sufferers,” they said.
“Since October, we are without regular electricity and the prevailing weather conditions have added to our miseries,” Citizens Council Tral chairman Farooq Ahmad Trali told Kashmir Reader.
He alleged that on one hand, the PDD is collecting tariff from people and on the other side, it is imposing long duration power cuts. “This can’t be tolerated anymore particularly during the prevailing weather conditions,” he said adding that there are unscheduled power cuts of over 22 hours a day.
The district administration and PDD authorities despite several requests have failed to resolve the problem, forcing us to come on roads, Farooq said and warned of launching strong protests if the power situation is not improved.
After the Deputy Commissioner Pulwama G M Dar assured the Citizens Council Tral chairman, the protesters dispersed peacefully and the vehicular movement was restored.
Meanwhile, the people at main town Tral also staged anti-PDD protest against the erratic power supply.
The local shopkeepers at Tral Bala downed their shutters and joined the protest demonstration, witnesses told Kashmir Reader.