Power cuts

Published at January 30, 2017 11:38 PM 0Comment(s)629views


Power cuts

Dear Editor,

We wonder how government ignores regular power woes of the people in valley over the months and PDD seems in no mood to redress the grievances of the people despite daily protests and dharnas on roads against the power failure. We wonder about the statements of Chief Engineer PDD which claims that 98 percent electricity has been restored to the people of the valley which is nothing more than a joke. In most of the far- flung areas people have not seen electricity since the day valley witnessed first snow fall of the season.  Saying that the total 11 k capacity load which the PDD generates has been fully restored is another mockery and playing with the sentiments of the people. Had the statement been true then people would not come on to the streets to protest against power woes/ failure.  It is embarrassing to see the department taking more than 16 hours to rectify a minor fault during light rains or 2- inches snow, instance of which is apparent with the regular faults on Srinagar-Jammu highway, Byepass, Hyderpora. The faults are always rectified by the daily wagers of the department with no safety jackets provided to them and not by the professional engineers who can be seen sitting in the cozy rooms at homes. In recent days 2-3 persons of the department lost their lives, those too probably daily waged employees of the PDD due to the negligence of their superiors. When you work in some office you get the monthly salary and if you don’t you do not get the wages. Why a similar scale should not be applied for the payment of electricity bill? When we don’t get electricity why should we pay electricity tariff to the PDD?  Better for PDD authorities not to test the patience of the people for being deprived of electricity and regular unscheduled power cuts despite paying huge monthly fees!

Farooq Wani

hjfarooq@rediffmail.com

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