Politicians’ ‘tussle’ delays inauguration of Cheerpora receiving station, 26 villages suffer

Umar Khurshid

Srinagar

Three years after the construction of a power receiving station at Cheerpora, Shangus in Islamabad district, twenty six villages in Shangus assembly segment are still without electricity due to a tussle between local politicians over inaugurating the receiving station.

The villages include Cheripora, Chaklipora, Bradeangan, Shangus, Khandroo, Achabal and Matigund.

The construction of 6.3 MVA receiving station completed in 2014 was to be inaugurated in the same year, but was delayed due to the floods. “Unfortunately, since then, they haven’t been able to come to a consensus making people suffer,” said a local resident.

People from these villages held several demonstrations against the official apathy but nothing has been done so far.

Villagers said that they are facing frequent power cuts due to overloading and dissipation of electricity over the length of 11KV transmission lines. “We face frequent power cuts as transmission lines remain under fault for hours together.”

Despite having done the requite test on machinery and laying transmission lines, the locals allege that PDD has missed several deadlines for inaugurating the receiving station till date due to a tussle between the local ruling and opposition party members.

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