Jahangeer Ganaie

South Kashmir residents slam power tariff hike, ask Govt to revisit decision

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Pulwama: The residents from different parts of south Kashmir on Thursday slammed the hike in power tariff and said the Power Development Department (PDD) has hiked their monthly tariffs to Rs 920.

The residents accused the PDD of making people suffer by taking such unilateral decisions.

The residents from different areas of Pulwama, Tral, Shopian, Kulgam and other parts said that they were surprised when they received a monthly bill of Rs 920.

“We fail to understand the logic behind the sudden hike in the electricity bill. Hikes in power tariff increase our sufferings. We are unable to pay double electricity bills,” the locals said.

Javaid Ahmad a resident of Litter area of Pulwama said that the fee has been increased from Rs 550 to Rs 920 in the last three months.

“It is sheer injustice with poor people who work hard to meet both ends,” he said.

The locals expressed their resentment over the government move and said they are surprised to see how the load has increased in the last two to three months and the monthly fee has been doubled as well.

“Neither any transformer, nor any electric pole has been installed in the area. One fails to understand how our fees have been doubled,” he said.

People from other areas also said that the department has failed in providing them proper electric wires and poles but are only giving a hike in power tariff.

The residents said that daily unscheduled and frequent power cuts take a heavy toll on them while on other hand the PDD was giving a hike in their monthly bills.

“We were shocked after we received the latest bills. Both load agreement and bill amount has been increased without taking consent from the consumers,” said Sameer Ahmad, another resident.

He said people living in these areas are financially weak and this hike in bills will add burden on them.

“If government is increasing monthly tariffs, then they must upgrade the infrastructure as well. The power lines are tied with trees as the department did not provide adequate electric poles in the area,” he said.

The residents appealed to the PDD to reconsider their decision to hike the monthly bills especially in the prevailing tough times.

“We hope that a realistic and compassionate view will be taken by the PDD in this regard,” the residents said.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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