At beginning of Ramadan, power supply curtailed, cut off in Shopian

At beginning of Ramadan, power supply curtailed, cut off in Shopian

SHOPIAN: Instead of ensuring that there are minimum power cuts in the month of Ramadan, the Power Development Department has not only increased the curtailment hours but snapped the power supply in more than 20 villages in district Shopian.
Locals from these areas said that they have not seen electricity since the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan. “On news channels we heard that the electricity supply will be increased (during Ramadan); we had no idea that the government will snap power supply in our area,” said Nasir Ahmad, a Trenz resident.
The more than twenty villages without power were receiving supplies from the Pinjora grid station. Many consumers told Kashmir Reader that the services were restored many times in the past three days but didn’t last for more than two hours.
They also informed that the areas were earlier receiving three hours of electricity followed by three hours of curtailment every day, but since the beginning of Ramadan there have only been long and unscheduled curtailments.
The villages which are suffering from the power outage include Trenz, Mohanpora, Pehlipora, Pargochi, Voterpora, Losedenow, Imamsahib, Pahnoo, Killora and many adjoining villages.
Locals said that they are facing difficulties due to absence of electricity. “They should be ashamed for increasing the curtailment in this holy month. The people who have assumed office are always lying in media interviews. We are so helpless that we have no means to protest,” rued Shahid Ahmad Bhat.
A group of locals from Imam Sahib said that the condition of power supply is so bad that it recalls the days of winter when heavy snowfall damaged transmission lines. “Our area is the centre of government apathy,” said an angry Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Imam Sahib.
People said that on the recent election day (May 6) there was uninterrupted power supply for more than 36 hours, but when the sacred month of Ramadan came, the government cut off power.
Executive Engineer PDD Shopian, Irshad Ahmad Choudhary, told Kashmir Reader that the curtailments have not been increased but the transmission wing is not providing proper services. “I can’t do anything in this; you better call the officials of STD (transmission department),” he said.
Executive Engineer of STD Shopian and Pulwama, Muzaffar Ahmad, couldn’t be reached despite repeated attempts.