Frequent long power cuts become a routine in Press Enclave
Srinagar: The Governor Administration recently claimed that there will be uninterrupted power supply this winter in Kashmir capital Srinagar, but before the onset of harsh winter, the Power Development Department has failed to live up to the promise made by the government.
Kashmir’s media hub which continues to witness communication clampdown is now witness to another clampdown that is electricity as power cuts have become a norm at Press Enclave Srinagar. From past couple of days, there is frequent interruption of electric supply that adds to the hardships of Journalist fraternity.
“There is some technical problem in our generator and due to shutdown we are unable to repair it. On Thursday, our newspaper couldn’t hit the stands as there was no electric supply for hours together,” said an Operator Rayees Ahmed, working for a local daily.
Few other newspapers also failed to hit the stands due to non-availability of power supply.
Kashmir’s media hub was the last place in Kashmir where landline phones were restored. Broad band is still suspended and mobile phones of Journalists are still not functioning. “The so-called fourth pillar of democracy has been chocked in Kashmir Valley. Publishing newspapers here has become a formality only. There is no reportage on current incidents as Journalists have been deprived of internet and mobile facilities,” said a Journalist. (KNT)