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Post snowfall, power cuts haunt south Kashmir residents

Post snowfall, power cuts haunt south Kashmir residents
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Anantnag: Most parts of south Kashmir have been witnessing frequent and long power cuts since the heavy snowfall last week, locals have alleged.
People from different areas of south Kashmir said the restoration process of the PDD was very quick after snowfall, however, long and frequent power cuts have made their life miserable amid the bone chilling cold.
They said that frequent and long power cuts are prevalent in both metered and non-metered areas and they hardly receive power supply of two to three hours.
“We are supposed to get a power supply of 6 hours followed by 6 hour black out but the schedule witnesses’ frequent violations lasting for hours together,” Salman Ahmad, a resident of Bijbehara said.
“Amid bone chilling cold, we have to face the fury of cold wave conditions and are forced to use freezing water to cleanse ourselves as the water heating gadgets do not fetch us any returns,” Gowhar Ahmad, another local from Awantipora added.
Locals said that department must take of the issue seriously so that public won’t suffer any more.
Executive Engineer PDD Division Awantipora Er Altaf Ahmad when contacted said that the 220 KV Kishenpur-Mirbazar transmission line has developed some snag besides a tower has also got damaged in Ramban area.
He said that Mirbazar is drawing 280 MW from Wagoora via Pampore, thus overloading the 220KV Pampore-Wagoora transmission line, due to which we are getting 30% lesser allotment and thus additional forced cuts have resulted in all local grids.
He said that within few days the issue will be sorted out and people will get scheduled power supply.


Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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