Pesky power cuts leave Bla residents to suffer | KNO

Pesky power cuts leave Bla residents to suffer | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Baramulla, December 12 (KNO) : Agitated by the pesky power cuts, the residents of district Baramulla on Wednesday accused the Power Development Department (PDD) of ignoring their plight and sufferings in the bone-chilling cold. The residents of various Baramulla areas including Uri, Nambla, Chakra, Mohra, Chandanwari, Salamabad Bagna, Boniyar, Chandoosa, Heaven, Sheeri, Pahlipora, Gantamulla, Mallpora, Trakanjan and Noorkha alleged that PDD has failed to follow the proper electricity schedule. Both metered and non-metered consumers here accused the concerned PDD of not following the schedule and subjecting them to ‘long hours of extended power cuts’. They said that they rae being forced to reel under darkness. Residents said that daily annoying power cuts have caused resentment among the residents in several hilly areas and put the inhabitants to inconvenience. They are being forced to face terrific hardships due to the non-availability of electricity in their areas. Residents of Bijhama Boniyar areas of Baramulla told KNO that administration has failed to provide them adequate electricity since there is no schedule in power now. The authorities must direct the PDD provide adequate electricity to inhabitants, they added. Locals of Nowshera said that they are facing frequent power cuts after every hour or two especially in evening and morning hours, thereby leaving the residents to lurch at large. They said that for weeks, they are distressed by the expanded pesky power cuts in the shivering cold days of winter. “PDD has lost its daily power schedule in Valley now. Despite maintaining the proper power supple in summer, now in these cold days the department makes us to suffer,” they added. “In 24 hours, the electricity hardly remains for six to seven hours,” they lamented. “That after every fifteen minutes the light goes off, forcing them wait for hours and after that the hardships continue till night,” they said. Similarly the residents of areas including Palhallan, Pattan, Jahama, Jabazpora and some areas of Sopore are irked by the frequent and expanded power cuts. The residents questioned that the 350 mega watt grid at Alastang that was to go functional by this December this year which would ease the power load in valley, is yet to function. Chief Engineer PDD Hashmat Qazi told KNO that the department is trying its best to maintain the proper power schedule in far-flung and hilly areas but there could be some fault due to which these areas are not getting adequate electricity. “The line and technical fault sometimes create hurdle in supplying power otherwise the department try to keep up with the schedule,” Qazi said, adding that the 350 mega watt Alastang grid station that was planned to be made functional in December 2018, will be functional hopefully by the end of January 2019 since the department is working on it very fast. Qazi told KNO that Alastang grid station would definitely ease the power load in the valley and from then the department could also limit the power cuts in Valley.(KNO)