Baramulla 14 March(KNB): With the ending of the three months of harsh winter frequent and unscheduled power cuts have yet again returned to haunt the people of Rafiabad in North Kashmir’s Baramulla District.
Though the department concerned is often seen apologizing for power cuts most of the time for repair work, there has been no respite from unscheduled power cuts and blackouts. The residents here have to remain without power even in the evening and night hours since last month. The hide-and-seek game of electricity is not only affecting the students and common people, but has also affected the functioning of government offices, banks and other business establishments.
In most villages of the Rafiabad which include Pazalpora,zethan,laduladoora,
Panzlla,Braman, Brandub and in other scores of adjoining villages power woes have pushed the people to immense inconvenience and has make life of people miserable.
According to the residents from several villages of the Rafiabad which include Pazalpora, Zethan, Hardu Chanam,Warpora,Dangiwacha,
Watergam,Hadipora,Pakhwara are facing prolonged power curtailments without any proper schedule.
The residents from these villages revealed that electricity disappears for the whole day and most of the times it vanishes completely in the evening.
The residents said their residential localities have plunged into darkness owing to the erratic power supply.
The residents also told Kashmir News Bureau that the department was supposed to construct a receiving station at Zethan Rafiabad but they have failed for unknown reasons and they are facing acute power shortage and the unscheduled power supply has become a cause of great concern in their areas.
They said the students were drastically affected due to prolonged power curtailments.
“For past one month we are facing unscheduled power curtailments which continue for several hours together. I should say the electricity vanishes for the entire day at times we do not see any power in evenings. In 24 hours we are provided with power for only two to three hours,” a delegation of residents from various areas of Rafiabad constituency of North Kashmir said while talking to Kashmir News Bureau.
“The curtailments have not only become annoying for our locality it has badly impacted our daily routine especially the studies of our children,” they added.
Across the Rafiabad, the curtailments have drastically irked the residents of various areas. The residents from several other villages of Rafiabad including Panzlla, chijhama,Khushipora, wanpora, Naribal narrated same story.
The inhabitants of different places however alleged there was no schedule as electricity would vanish completely for hours together.
“There is no power schedule. Sometimes electricity comes for 2 to three hours a day; at times not at all. Winter season has just ended in the valley but peoples’ miseries have started residents from Pazalpora village told KNB.
Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Pazalpora Rafiabad, while talking to Kashmir News Bureau said, “For the past one month, electricity is playing hide and seek. It comes for an hour and then again there is a power cut for three to five hours. It has become difficult to cope up with such frequent breakdowns, especially during nighttime. The department should do something to make the life of residents easy.” Despite repeated attempts AEE PDD Watergam Mr Farooq Ahmad was not available for comments as his number was continuously not reachable.(KNB)