SRINAGAR: The residents of various localities of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district complained of unscheduled power cuts at Sehri and Iftaar during the holy month of Ramzan.
Inhabitants of Poshpora, Kunan, Babagund, Hanjipora, Drugmulla, Darpora Lolab and Lalpora areas said that the power cuts have become more frequent in the last five days, especially at Sehri and Iftaar timings.
“Even in Ramzan, we are being forced to have our meals under candlelight,” said Abid Qadri, a resident of Poshpora.
He said that the authorities should ensure an uninterrupted power supply during Sehri and Iftaar.
“Despite the government’s assurance of continuous power supply during the holy month of Ramadhan, we are being deprived of the basic facility. The frequent power cuts especially during Sehri and Iftaar are causing hardships to the residents,” said Ahtisham Bhat, another resident. “We appeal to the authorities and officials in PDD to provide adequate electricity at least during the holy month of Ramzan.”
The locals said that it gets difficult to go to the Masjids during “dark hours”.
“It is shocking that instead of ensuring regular power supply during this holy month, PDD is resorting to forced power cuts,” said Pirzada Javid Ahmad Shah, Numberdar of Kunan village.
The residents of various areas in the Kupwara district said that they were facing repeated power cuts at the time of Sehri.
“Every day we wake up at Sehri to find ourselves in complete darkness. Electric supply plays ‘hide and seek,'” said Rameez Raja of Hanjipora.
People complain that in complete disregard of the already announced load-shedding programme for Kashmir, PDD had surprisingly been resorting to extended unscheduled power cuts without intimating the hapless consumers.
When Kashmir Life contacted Executive Engineer PDD Kupwara Shameem Ahmad, he didn’t respond to our repeated phone calls.