Snag in Awantipora tower, say officials
SHOPIAN: The southern districts of Shopian and Pulwama are facing a major crisis of power since the November 3 snowfall.
In Shopian, the electricity supply was broken down by the snowfall altogether, and restored after eight days, but residents complained that they were still reeling in darkness.
Residents expressed outrage that the Power department was “looting the consumers against few minutes of power supply in a day”.
Residents from Pulwama had similar woes to share. Several residents, who talked to Kashmir Reader, said they were not receiving power supply for the last week. “Once the Darbar (secretariat) gets moved, the electricity gets moved to Jammu too,” Sheeraz Ahmad, a resident of Pulwama town said.
Another resident lamented that the government supplies electricity to other states but “at the same time put us in darkness”.
Farooq Ahmad Kumar, a resident of Shopian said,
“We are paying heavy power bills and get minutes of power supply instead”.
He said the residents will hit the streets if the situation does not improve.
An official from Power Development Department told Kashmir Reader that a power tower at Awantipora had developed a snag and the repair work was going on.
The situation in the towns was not much different from villages, with residents complaining of long power outages. While the power crisis has been an inconvenience to all residents, the outages have badly affected the students facing annual examinations.
Executive Engineer, PDD Shopian, Irshad Ahmad Choudary told Kashmir Reader that the district was receiving only 10 MW electricity supply against the routine of 20 MWs.
“This supply, we are getting from Kulgam stations and it will take four more days to restore the electricity tower at Awantipora which has had some damages,” he said.
An official from Pulwama also admitted to power shortages, because of snag in Awantipora tower.