Srinagar: Residents have expressed dismay over the administration’s failure to redress the power outage issues, saying their lives have become hell amidst cold weather conditions.
According to Kashmir Media Service, locals from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district told the media that despite being equipped with smart meters, they are grappling with the severe impact of unscheduled power cuts. Yet again the government’s promise of uninterrupted power supply remains at large, they said.
“What was the fun of installing smart meters if they had no supplies to offer?” a resident of Sopore asked.
“We are facing prolonged power cuts despite being upgraded with smart meters. Our area is receiving only 3 to 4 hours of electricity. If curtailments are necessary, these should be minimal to avoid severe inconvenience to the people,” Mohammed Amin, a Baramulla resident, said.
Residents of Pattan voiced similar concerns, saying the Power Development Department should improve supplies at the earliest to avoid inconvenience to people amidst bone-chilling weather conditions.
Criticising the PDD, the frustrated residents said every year, the department comes up with an excuse of low generation and high demands. “The promises of better power supply are never fulfilled,” Shahid Ahmed, a local said.
The non-metered areas also complain of prolonged power cuts. They have urged the administration to resolve the issue at the earliest and fulfill its commitments.
The other affected areas include Rafiabad, Uri, Zaingeer, Kreeri, Kandi, Pattan, Wagoora, Tangmarg and Handwara.