Power Crisis Return to Haunt Valley

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Ahead of coming winter, unscheduled and extended power cuts have started adding to the miseries of people.

Consumers from metered areas allege that PDD has taken them for a ride. “Meters were installed with a promise that we will get round the clock electricity, but the fact is that during winter we always face unscheduled power cuts and this year situation is same,” Bilal Ahmad  resident of Bemina told a local news agency, KNS.

He said that every year PDD comes up with a same excuse of less generation and more demand. “Despite power tariff being raised so many times during past years, PDD has nothing to offer to its consumers except lame excuses,” he added.

Consumers of different areas told KNS that there are frequent cuts in power supply after almost every two to three hours and mostly there is complete black-out in the mornings and evenings.

 “The situation has gone from bad to worse during past two weeks. The power cuts are more frequent during evening hours. Bemina is a metered area and is supposed to get round-the-clock power supply.” According to reports, the situation in the rural areas is far worse and most of the villages and townships don’t get electricity for days together.

Meanwhile sources in power department told KNS that the PDD is yet to formulate the new curtailment schedule and department is likely to implement the new schedule in coming days. “So far no formal curtailment schedule has been drafted by the department. Everything is going on in a haphazard manner,” he added.

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