KV Correspondent

Snowfall Aftermath: Electricity continues to remain ‘mysterious’ in many areas

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Srinagar: Life is still out of gear in Kashmir Valley due to continuous shutdown and massive snowfall. Majority of the areas are still reeling under darkness while authorities are busy claiming
full restoration in most of the areas.
News organizations recieved dozens of phone calls from people hailing from Qamar Abad, HMT, Kursu Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Sonwar, Zakura, Shalteng Laway Pora, Railway Colony Kanihama, Dooru
Shahabad, Shalimar, Nishat, Hilar who complained that Power Development Department has not restored electricity to their areas.
Pertinently, PDD claimed to have restored power supply to South and Central Kashmir, however, majority areas especially villages are still in dark and in those areas where it was restored, the
supply remains erratic.
If sources are to be believed then famous tourist resorts of Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Kokernag and Acchabal are still reeling under darkness.
“This is I think for the first that we are without power supply from the past five days. We fail to understand, why administration was not prepared for this eventuality,” said Firdous Ahmed, of
Railway Colony, Kanihama.
Eyewitnesses said that locals in several areas repaired electric wires and poles.
“The bulbs lit after four days in my area, though PDD restored electricity in adjoining areas three days after the snowfall,” said Nisar Ahmed of Mehjoor Nagar.
He said that the HT lines were seen lying on the roads un-attending in various areas.
In Budgam and Ganderbal districts, power was being restored within 24 hours in the past, post snowfall but majority of the areas are still reeling under darkness and in some areas HT lines are
still lying on the road.
The electricity in major towns of Budgam district like Charar-e-Sharif, Beerwah, Magam and Khag is yet to be restored, reports added.
In South Kashmir where the snowfall was less, the power was restored in some towns on Friday and Saturday and it is erratic while villages are still plunged into darkness. (KNT)

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