AWANTIPORA: A shutdown was observed and public protests held in Awantipora town on Thursday against the Power Development Department (PDD). Scores of locals led by the Town Welfare Committee held a protest demonstration against the erratic power supply and raised slogans against the PDD.
All shops and business establishments were closed in the town in protest against unscheduled and long power cuts in Awantipora and several adjoining villages, locals told Kashmir Reader.
They said that the unscheduled power cuts have increased considerably over the past few weeks.
The PDD has failed to provide electricity as per the announced schedule in the area. The power cuts are giving a tough time to people, especially to students appearing in different examinations, the protesters said.
“There is no proper curtailment schedule. Despite requests to the officers, the situation has not improved,” residents said.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Mohammad Lateef Bhat, chairman of the Town Welfare Committee Awantipora, said that there was no scheduled power supply to the town’s localities. He demanded immediate intervention of higher authorities in this matter.
Bhat also complained about the poor condition of electricity poles and wires in the area.
Locals said that due to the power outages, education of children has been badly hit while trade and business have been severely affected.
The Tehsildar Awantipora reached the spot and assured the protesters that their issues would be taken up with the officials concerned for early redress.
After the assurance from the Tehsildar, the protesters dispersed peacefully.
Dozens of villages in south Kashmir are reeling under power outages amid intense cold conditions, the night temperatures dropping many degrees below freezing point.
Kashmir Reader has received dozens of complaints from people living in south Kashmir areas regarding the power situation. In recent days, there have been dozens of public protests against the power department, including at Tral, Awantipora, Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag.
Despite the protests, the situation has not improved.