Unscheduled Power Cuts in Tangmarg Areas Irk Consumers

Shafat Magray



Picturesque view of  snow drapped Tangmarg town during winter.
Picturesque view of snow drapped Tangmarg town during winter.

There is the simmering discontent among the residents of Kunzer area of Tangmarg over the frequent long unscheduled power cuts by the Power Development Department PDD.

The residents of areas like Dobiwan, Tarhama, Utikoo, Block Hardu Aboora, Batpora, Bongam and Pinjoora told Kashmir Life that they are facing many problems because of unscheduled power cuts.

“As the area lies in the periphery of top most tourist destination, Gulmarg, so many showrooms have come up but because of continuous power cuts, businesses are at loss,” said Adil Hamid a showroom owner at Batapora.

The double lane road from Narbal crossing up to Tangmarg is marked by scores of showrooms which have come up in the area because of the heavy tourist inflow.

The power agony has taken toll on students as well. A group of students while registering their protest told Kashmir Life, “the power is nowadays playing hide and seek because of which we are not able prepare well for exams.” “The government should ensure the power supply as per schedule and enable it particularly in evening and morning time.”

Tangmarg and its peripheries are lying in the pine rich forest area. Being habitat of wild animals, the residents of the area often complain of threats the wild animals pose.

“The fear created by the wild animals increases when there is no power supply,” the locals said, “because of non-availability of electricity, the animals frequently come in to human habitations which poses greater threat to the lives of common people.’’

When contacted, an official of the PDD told Kashmir Life, “in winter, the demand is more but the supply is less; people are using heaters, Geysers, and boilers to meet their demands which overloads the supply of electricity.”

(Shafat Magray is an Intern with Kashmir Life.)


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