Dark winter again 

Dark winter again 
The unscheduled power cuts during the past one month have made the lives of people miserable. Entire Kashmir is up in arms against the Power Development Department (PDD). Metered and non-metered areas are facing pesky power cuts. The tall claims which PDD had made about providing uninterrupted power supply to metered areas stand punctured.
According to media reports the power scenario would worsen in coming winter months as PDD is not equipped to deal with the crisis. There are reports that power transmission system in the Valley is not upto the mark. Even if the northern grid allows J&K to draw extra power the transmission system is not at place to distribute the power.
People who are aware about the crisis which Kashmir is going to face in the coming months have advised the masses to make necessary arrangements well in advance to deal with the chilly weather conditions.
It’s not for the first time that Kashmir is facing power crisis with the onset of winter. It happens every year. Every year government assures that next year would be better but that next year never comes. The people who talk about getting back the power projects from New Delhi need to bear in mind that first the transmission system has to be put at place. Besides charging consumers heavily the PDD should concentrate on minimizing the Transmission and Distribution losses. Pilferages need to be plugged. The PDD should ensure that massive drive is launched against the people who indulge in power theft and resort to hooking. May be this winter may pass off as one more “dark season” but the people at the helm should learn from their mistakes and rectify these in next summer.