PDD forgets to make curtailment schedule public this winter

PDD forgets to make curtailment schedule public this winter

People rue erratic supplies, Govt says no power available

Srinagar, Dec 8: As Kashmir Valley reels under darkness due to the erratic power supplies all across, the PDD seems to be deep slumber-preferring not to even make this year’s curtailment schedule public.
In Urban as well as in rural areas of Kashmir Valley, common masses are ruing over the erratic power supplies and are up in arms against state’s power department for massive load shedding amid the bone chilling cold at present.
More ironic is that contrary to its previous practise, the Power Development Department (PDD) hasn’t till date made the curtailment schedule in metered and non- metered areas public. Earlier, PDD used to publish the curtailment schedule in local dailies of Kashmir Valley- informing its consumers about the timings of the power cuts in a week. However, this year, no such schedule has been drafted by the department.
Such is the plight of the PDD consumers that in metered areas, the load- shedding is witnessed for six hours every day and that is done three times on daily basis.
In non- metered areas, the supplies are as much erratic that people are subjected to day long and night long curtailments without any intimation. “Our children shiver during these cold nights and the electricity is nowhere visible in our area,” says Altaf Ahmad hailing from south Kashmir’s Pulwama.
People from the summer capital- Srinagar are also castigating the government over leaving them at the mercy of the turbulent situation soon after the annual Darbar Move.
Similar complaints are being received from Pattan, Kupwara, Uri, Hadwara, Ganderbal, Budgam, Kangan and several others.
The PDD has stated that there is no sufficient electricity available to put lid over the power paucity during winters in Valley. “The Kashmir Valley during winters need 1600 MWs of power but there are not even 1200 MWs available for distribution at present,” a senior PDD official said.
The power minister didn’t pick any calls from this reporter. (KNS)