Agence India Press
Srinagar: Contrary to the claims of Power Development Department (PDD) that the power scenario in Srinagar city and other major towns has improved with an improvement in weather conditions, erratic power supply in city continues to irk consumers even in the metered areas.
For past few days, most parts of the city are reeling under power cuts and even the frequent unscheduled power cuts have become order of the day in metered areas of the city.
Ali Mohammad of Batmaloo told Agence India Press “Though the department has installed meters in our area few weeks before but still the area is reeling under frequent unscheduled power cuts” adding that at times the electricity goes off for hours.
The consumers at large had expected that after the winter season, the prevailing grim power scenario in valley would improve but so far, it seems that their expectations have not come true. The areas including Raj bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Aloochi bagh, Mehjoor Nagar, Umarabad HMT, Qamarwari, and many other areas have been witnessing power cuts.
The consumers said that they were being made to pay tariff on time but power was not supplied according to the schedule.
Even the Lal chowk, which is the commercial hub of the city, is also witnessing power cuts almost every day. “Power cuts happen almost every day and at times electricity goes off for hours. For past over three months of winter, power scenario has remained grim and we were expecting that with the improvement in weather conditions, power supply would also improve but so far it is worsening further,” a shopkeeper in Lal chowk said.
Reports of erratic power supply were also received from other major towns including Anantanag, Kupwara, Budgam, and Baramulla. Consumers told Agence India Press that the towns were reeling under the electricity crisis.
Muzzaffar Ahmad, Superintendent Engineer (SE) Power Development Department circle (1) told AIP that the electricity scenario has improved in lieu of the improvement in weather conditions. He said that ‘day curtailment’ once in a week has been withdrawn from metered areas in the city.
“One day curtailment’ once a week has been withdrawn from metered areas in the city. The power scenario has improved with an improvement in weather conditions. Power cuts may have occurred due to repair work to set right the faults,” said Muzzaffar Ahmad. (AIP)
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