Snowfall Aftermath: Students complain non-availability of electricity

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by Shah Hilal

SRINAGAR: Days after Kashmir witnessed season’s first snowfall causing nine deaths and an extensive damage to valley’s horticulture sector, the parts of Kashmir continue to reel under darkness.

Reports from north Kashmir said that villages including Poshpora, Hirri, Kunan,Babagund,Hanjipora, Sonanaar, Darpora, Lalpora and its adjoining villages are without electricity from last week. “Five days have passed and the PDD department is yet to restore the electricity,” said Aadil Ahmed, a resident of Sonanaar Lolab.

Pertinently, as the 10th, 12th class students are appearing in final exams, the student community said they are unable to study as they don’t get enough time for studies without the electricity. “Besides this, there are no heating arrangements at examination centres as well,” said one of the female student Aaliya, appearing in matric examination.

The students said that the transport problems have added to their miseries as the public transport is off the roads. “We leave two hours before as we know there is no public transport and we have to walk by foot till the examination centre,” said another student Shaista, a 12th class student.

On November, 6, Kashmir received season’s first snowfall. The days that followed saw Kashmiris without electricity for days.  The snowfall caused atleast nine deaths and a number of houses were also damaged. Among the losses, the valley’s horticulture sector was largely impacted.

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