Power crisis deepens in valley, consumers aghast

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SRINAGAR: As harsh winters are yet to approach, the deteriorating power supply in Kashmir valley has broken all previous records this year, resulting anger among consumers across the valley.

With the onset of October this year the power supply has witnessed a huge downfall breaking all previous records. It said that consumers across Kashmir valley are facing severe inconvenience in absence of adequate electricity supply.

Though PDD replaced old meters and HT wires in major parts of city and elsewhere and installed smart meters with an assurance that power supply will be improved this year with the induction of new technology. As per reports crores worth tenders were given to private agencies to rope in Srinagar and other districts of Kashmir under smart meters, however there seems no improvement in power supply since installation of new technology.

“Earlier authorities through print and electronic media persuaded people to cooperate with PDD in installing smart meters and assured consumers that power supply will be improved beyond imagination as compare to previous years. However this all has proved a cruel joke with consumers who are being deprived this basic facility even in this technological era,” Abdul Basit a Srinagar resident spoke to KNS.
He said the incumbent government has miserably failed to deliver on ground. “Govt is claiming development has happened in every sector on media, but in reality everyone knows how much they have done for people,” he said.

“Recently PDD issued curtailment schedule but unfortunately they mentioned only few areas of Srinagar district as metered. We are unable to understand when 80 percent of Srinsgar district is paying power bills according to smart meters why they have been left here,” Mohammad Wajeeh a resident of southern Srinagar said.

He expressed surprise over bias attitude of authorities in delivering adequate power supply to consumers.
Similarly several entrepreneurs who have established their business units after availing loans from government and private institutions have expressed strong resentment over deteriorating power supply. “We are educated and have borrowed money from banks and other financial institutions. In absence of government jobs, we came up with such units with an hope that we will earn our livelihood in a dignified way. But fate has something else store for us. As of now we are suffering huge losses that left us in a trauma,” Mueed Mushtaq an entrepreneur said.

Meanwhile consumers across Kashmir valley have made a passionate appeal to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Chief Engineer PDD and concern officers to look into the crisis and resolve the ongoing unabated power cuts in valley.