PDD starts power curtailment in valley

PDD starts power curtailment in valley
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Ishtyaq Ahmad

Srinagar, Oct 24: With the Kashmir valley heading towards the cold winter, the Power Development Department has allegedly started unscheduled curtailment in almost all districts including Srinagar.
Even the metered areas are not being spared with the department going for power curtailment.
On Wednesday many complaints were received from Srinagar city about the power curtailment. “We are facing regular power cuts for past one week even when the area is fully metered,” said a resident of Bemina.
Mohammad Aslam of Padshaibagh said that the problem intensifies in the evening and the area is completely blacked out for several hours.
He said that every year PDD comes up with a same excuse of less generation and more demand. “Despite power tariff being raised so many times during past years, PDD has nothing to offer to its consumers except lame excuses,” he added.
Noorbagh, Qamarwari people alleged that despite being a metered area, they are without round the clock power supply. The residents said the PDD officials had promised 24-hour power supply to the area while installing meters. “However, we are facing power cuts. This is sheer discrimination,” the residents said.
In Chanapora, Batamaloo, Hyderpora, Rambagh people are also complaining about the unscheduled power cuts. “The power cuts have indicated that the winter would be harsh this winter,” said Habibullah of Hyderpora.
The situation is not different in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The complaints are pouring in from this town, including old town Baramulla and other areas. “Even the metered colonies like Kanlibagh, Friends Colony, Noorbagh are being subjected to long power cuts,” people complained.
“In our area there is no schedule for load-shedding and it is up to PDD employees to curtail the power and they exercise the curtailment option frequently,” said Asim Mustafa of Baramulla.
Sopore people alleged that, the unscheduled power cuts are a norm.
The residents of Noorbagh, New Colony, Batpoora, Armpora, Khushal Mutu also complained about unprecedented power cuts.
However the power department denied the allegations. “There are no such complaints, but yes sometimes intense load cause power cuts,” said one of the top officials of the PDD department.
However the official said that people are resorting to theft and hooking. “During the winter months we have seen that even in posh colonies people resort to hooking resulting problem in smooth supply of electricity,”
Meanwhile, sources in power department said that the PDD is yet to formulate the new curtailment schedule and department is likely to implement the new schedule in the next month. (KNS)