Ajas: Matipora village in Ajas town of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district has been reeling under darkness from the past 20 days- putting the villagers through “immense hardship” in harsh winters, due to the alleged negligence of Power Development Department (PDD) officials, according to the locals.
The locals say that the transformer developed a snag on New Year’s Eve last month; they say it took three days of persistent pleas to the concerned authorities before it was removed to the workshop. “After passing 20 days at the workshop, the transformer broke down as soon as it was installed, it broke down highlighting the half-hearted approach of PDD department,” Abdul Rahman Lone, the village head, told Kashmir Reader.
Falling under PDD Subdivision Sumbal, Ajas locals said that they were facing immense hardships due to the harsh and inclement weather and that the power woes were only adding to their miseries.
“It’s been 20 days since we are without electricity; it’s self-explanatory how terribly we are suffering in this harsh winter, ” Rahman said.
Rahman said that the 63KV transformer was not sufficient as it catered to the huge population of Ajas towns Matipora, Parray Mohalla and other nearby localities.
Lone said that the villagers are fuming with anger and have decided to disrupt traffic in the agitation against the authorities if they fail to redress their issue. “It’s been three days the transformer is lying on the transformer bed without being repaired again.”
Executive Engineer PDD Sumbal, Javid Ahmad said, “The transformer may have some technical snag, which will be rectified.”
He, however, denied that the load was a problem and said that “the transformers are two to three times more capable in bearing the extra load in terms of consumer agreements ratio of the area. It’s over-consumption which makes them inefficient.”