Anti-PDD protests in Tral, Dadsara

Anti-PDD protests in Tral, Dadsara
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PAMPORE: Residents of Tral town and Dadsara areas of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday morning staged protest demonstration against Power Development Department (PDD) for allegedly not providing proper electricity to them during the prevailing chilly weather conditions.
The protesters also locked down the local power receiving station to lodge their protest against unscheduled power cuts in Dadsara village.
The protestors alleged that they were getting few hours of power in a day since over last month, locals told Kashmir Reader.
Hundreds of residents of Dadsara and Tral town took to the roads and staged massive protest against PDD for failing to restore regular electricity to the area.
Eyewitness told Kashmir Reader that a large number of people including elders assembled around local receiving station Dadsara, and locked down the receiving station.
The protesters blocked the vehicular movement on Tral-Dadsara road for some time and demanded transfer of local AEE PDD.
Raising anti-PDD slogans, they said electricity is playing hide and seek for the past two months mostly during the peak hours. The PDD authorities snap power supply up to 20 hours in a day, they said adding that due to non-availability of regular power supply, people especially old age and students suffer heavily.
Despite several requests to PDD authorities for solving the problem, they did not pay any heed, forcing us to come on roads, the protesters said and warned authorities of intensifying protests if the problems are not solved on priority basis.
Meanwhile, ADC Awantipora along with other officials rushed to the spot and assured the people that their issues will be redressed at the earliest.
After the assurance from senior officials, the protesters dispersed and the vehicular movement was restored.