Power cuts spark protest in Old City;

Businessmen, students worst hit

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
November 30, 2017 CITY 216 Views
Power cuts spark protest in Old City;

Residents of Hawal on Wednesday took to streets and expressed their anger against Power Development Department for failing to ensure proper power supply in the area.
The residents assembled at Ranga Masjid Hawal locality of old city and raised slogans against the department and government in particular for leaving the people to reel in darkness.
Locals hit to roads and demanded the damaged power transmission lines should be replaced as according to them it has put the lives at risk.
“A few days back, a PDD employee Ghulam Mustafa Wagay had a close shave when a damaged line fell on him,” a local Muhammad Shahid Khan said.
The protesters alleged that due to pesky power cuts, people especially students have been suffering badly. “We get only four hours power supply in a day,” they said.
Moreover they said that the area housed many traditional carpet industries which were suffering at large in the absence of electricity.
“On one hand the government is assuring for making the state self sufficient but the basic need of power is yet to be fulfilled. People here suffer immense losses as many here are associated with the Pashmina and carpet business,” the protestors said.
Among the protesters were seen students as well who said they couldn’t prepare for exams ahead.
“It is the season for exams for various classes but government is least bothered about it .We are preparing for 12th class examination but the frequent power cuts are playing spoilsport,” the protesting students said.
They demanded that an additional 250 kv transformer should be allotted for the area.
“It is the need of hour as we always face the problem of power breakdown here,” they said.

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