Expressing serious concern over the shaky power situation in rural areas of the state, CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Monday said that the administration is hell-bent upon to keep the people of Jammu and Kashmir into darkness.
“People living in rural and far flung areas are without electricity and the recent snowfall has aggravated the crisis,” said Tarigami, adding, “Even areas receiving erratic power supply are for the most of the time facing numerous problems on account of low voltage and the people are compelled to arrange alternative sources of illumination during the hours, they receive electricity.”
The state communist party leader in a scathing attack on Power Development Department (PDD), said that it has failed to create a buffer stock of electricity transformers at Divisional level to address the situation surfaced due to damaged transformers. “The step-down transformers, installed in every neighborhood develop technical snags and the consumers are left helpless in darkness and freezing cold till the process of lifting, repairing and re-installing a faulty transformer is completed in weeks together,” he said.
He blamed the faulty polices of PDD for the damages of electricity transformers. “The department has never bothered to install electricity transformers proportionate to the growing population which could have prevented the damages to a large extent,” Tarigami said.
He further said that unfortunately where ever these transformers are required, the administration is creating hurdles in installation, despite the feasibility reports dashed by the department and money earmarked by the concerned legislator.
Referring to media reports, the CPI (M) leader said that there are more than 400 damaged electric transformers lying in various workshops for repairs in Kashmir valley. According to these reports, Tarigami said throughout the valley, more than 150 villages are without power since the recent snowfall on January 17. He also expressed serious concern over the slow pace of repair work of the damaged transformers at departmental workshops saying in order to meet out the crisis the administration should create more such workshops and enhance its buffer stock.