PDD fails to restore complete power supply
A day after Kashmir received heavy snowfall, most of the link roads that connect Srinagar to north Kashmir remained cut off as the administration failed to clear snow on the roads while the power scenario also didn't witness any improvement for the second day.
Rising Kashmir received many complaints on Tuesday from north and south Kashmir about the failure of the authorities to clear the snow-covered roads on priority.
In north Kashmir, majority of link roads leading to Srinagar were still out of bounds for people, compelling locals to cancel their scheduled work and stay indoors.
The link roads like Hyderbagh-Hadrihama road, Kreeri-Kalantara road connecting to Baramulla highway, Hamray-Naidkhayi road, Palhalan-Naidkhayi road connecting to Bandipora and Wanigam-Payeen road connecting to Tangmarg are still under snow cover.
The snow-covered roads have resulted in lack of transport playing on the highway connecting Srinagar to north Kashmir.
Irfan Ahmad, a local journalist who hails from Palhalan, said he was stuck at home due to non-availability of transport plying on the road.
“It was my off on Monday, so I went home. However, due to heavy snowfall I couldn't come back to Srinagar. There were no vehicles plying on the road,” said Ahmad, who works for a Srinagar-based newspaper.
The locals complained that the roads on Kandi Baramulla like Chandoosa, Wagora, Bandipayeen and Kakothal have also not been cleared yet.
Abdul Rouf, a local from Kalantara, said they had to take a woman on JCB from Kachwimuqom to a nearby hospital after she had a stroke.
“It was a great struggle to take her to hospital. She later succumbed in a Srinagar hospital,” Ahmad said. “The upper reaches of Baramulla are still completely disconnected.”
Similarly, two patients (one of them suffered a stroke) hailing from Ratnipora,Tangmarg had to wait for several hours before they were taken to a hospital.
“Luckily, the timely treatment saved both the patients,” said Wasim Ahmad, a resident of Tangmarg.
The worsening power scenario in most of the areas in north Kashmir is also not providing any relief to the locals whose areas are reeling under darkness for the past two days.
Irfan Shafi, who hails from Pattan, said most of the villages were under darkness for the past two days.
“The people are still spending nights in darkness. The authorities are nowhere to be seen,” he said.
Kashmir received heavy snowfall on Monday with north Kashmir receiving the highest snowfall, cutting off the Valley from the rest of the country as road and air links remained suspended.
Director Meteorological department, Kashmir, Sonam Lotus said north Kashmir received highest snowfall while south Kashmir areas received low-intensity snowfall.
The snowfall also hit electricity in many areas of Kashmir with north Kashmir including Baramulla, Kupwara, Handwara and Budgam in central Kashmir remaining the worst hit.
Even though most of the roads from south Kashmir were cleared, people are complaining of hardships due to irregular power cuts.
Irfan Kamran, who hails from Sopore said, “Most areas are witnessing severe powers cuts for the past two days.”
PDD Chief Engineer, Aijaz Ahmad Dar said the department had restored 80 percent power supply in the Valley.
“Apart from Kupwara, electricity has been restored in most of the districts in north Kashmir,” Dar said.
As per the PDD official, in north Kashmir, 9 percent power supply has been restored in Kupwara, 90 percent in Handwara, 53 percent in Baramulla and 83 percent in Bandipora.
In south Kashmir, 97 percent power supply had been restored in Pulwama, 71 percent in Shopian, and 75 percent in Kulgam.
Similarly, in central Kashmir, 90 percent power supply had been restored in Srinagar and Budgam.
However, Aijaz said owing to the road blockage, PDD could not reach to areas like Rafiabad, Tangdhar and other far-flung areas.
“We are waiting for road clearance. Once we will get the green signal, the power supply will be restored in those areas also,” he said.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan said the authorities had put all the machinery on ground to clear the snow-covered roads in the Valley.