SRINAGAR : With the advent of winter, pestering power crisis has hit Kashmir as most parts of the Valley reel under severe electricity shortage with no indication of improvement in the near future.
Residents of Srinagar and many other parts of valley complained about frequent power cuts and low voltage.
While common consumers including the students are bearing the brunt of the unscheduled power cuts, the crisis has hit the traders the most.
Pertinently, students of most of the classes in Kashmir are appearing in annual examinations nowadays.
The consumers from metered areas of north Kashmir allege that Power Development Department (PDD) is taking them for a ride. They allege that meters were installed by PDD with the promise that the consumers in metered areas will get round the clock electricity, but the unscheduled power cuts are adding to their miseries.
PDD officials admitted that power crisis has started hitting Kashmir. They said the system is heavily overloaded load.
Areas of central Kashmir like;Chadoora , Bemina and outskirts called GMK that, with frequent power cuts and low voltage they are facing tough times .
The consumers allege that the situation has gone from bad to worse during the past two weeks. They added that power cuts are more frequent and extended during the evening hours.
Similar situation is in rural area of Kashmir where residents of many areas like; Anantanag, Pulwama and in north Kashmir like Baramulla and Kupwara are complaining of erratic power supply, causing inconvenience to them in the cold conditions besides troubling students who are preparing for various examinations.
” If the problem persists we will be forced to take the extreme step of stopping payment of power dues.” The situation in north Kashmir’s Dolipora, Kawacheck, Delina and many more areas is worse with local residents having to reel in darkness for hoursaid Mushtaq Ahmad , a resident of Dolipora said .
While as, The situation in the rural areas, according to reports is far worse and most of the villages and townships don’t get electricity for hours together.
Reports reaching from Kupwara said that for the past three weeks, power woes have worsened in the district leaving consumers high and dry. The consumers of metered areas in Kupwara and Handwara towns said that the power was playing hide and seek with them. They said that even the metered areas are not spared of frequent power outages.
Top PDD officials said that, it depends on the power usage by consumers. “The department will start inspection but at the same time people must not misuse power,” he said adding that PDD will make every effort for betterment of power .
However, they appeal the people that in these hard times please use electricity judiciously”.