By: Jahangeer Ganaie
Shopian: The residents of Arshipora village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district are up in arms against the Power Development Department (PDD) for failing to restore power supply in the area since last one week.
The residents said that a 250 KVA transformer in the area was damaged before one week but despite repeated requests to the authorities it wasn’t lifted by authorities for the repair work.
Locals said that a day before we hired a private crane by paying him Rs 5000 to lift a transformer to the PDD division Shopian.
“We went to the division and were informed that the transformer has been sent to the central workshop and it will take 3-4 days more to get it repaired,” they said.
Locals said that last time they had to collect Rs 100, 200 per household to arrange 60 litre oil for the transformer after PDD put their hands up.
Locals said that the transformer in the area is getting damaged as there are no electric poles and wires.
“Every day at least four times the wire falls down as it is very thin. These dangling wires are taken to our houses through trees,” they said.
“You won’t find any iron electric poles in our area despite that it is just two kilometres from the town,” they said.
“We have brought this issue to the notice of higher ups hundred times who were assuring that they will take cognizance of the issue but it always proved a hoax,” they said.
“We request LG Manoj Sinha and Chief Engineer PDD Aijaz Ahmad Dar to look into the matter personally so that they can heave a sigh of relief,” locals said. (KNO)