Unscheduled power cuts adds to woes as Kashmir freezes; NC slams govt for ‘negligent attitude’

Unscheduled power cuts adds to woes as Kashmir freezes; NC slams govt for ‘negligent attitude’
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Photo courtesy: Danish Ismail/Reuters

Srinagar: As the valley reels under a cold wave, residents in Srinagar are complaining about frequent electricity cuts.

In Srinagar, both metered and non-metered areas are facing erratic power outages from last month leaving public outraged.

A consumer from the city’s Bemina neighbourhood said the area is plagued with erratic power cuts despite having an electricity meter installed. “We have been paying our electricity bills on time. But that doesn’t spare us from power outages,” said Bilal Ahmad, a businessman.

In the downtown city, residents say their area reels under darkness for hours from the last month. “No power curtailment schedule has been issued by the PDD this year. It makes the situation more worse and disturbs our routine life,” said Ali Mohammad of Safa Kadal.

Last week, entire Kashmir reeled under darkness after snowfall played havoc damaging electricity infrastructure. The supply was restored almost after 24 hours.

National Conference general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar also expressed concern over the “negligent attitude” adopted by administration in ensuring basic amenities to the people especially days ahead of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).

Sagar, who toured the city areas said he received several complaints about the erratic power supply. “The people of Srinagar especially students are appalled at the hide and seek of electricity. No power schedule is being followed by the power development department here,” he added.

When the situation is worse in the capital Srinagar, the plight of small towns and other areas can be well gauged, he said.

“The incumbent administration is slumber ridden, the current situation demands action. The power crisis should be dealt with on priority basis to ensure that people don’t suffer during the winter months,” he said.