Amid power woes, Kashmir Valley reels under intense cold | India News – Times of India

 Amid power woes, Kashmir Valley reels under intense cold | India News - Times of India

Srinagar: In the midst of an intense Shortage of electricity, Extreme cold caught Kashmir valley The coldest night was recorded at -8 degrees Celsius in Gulmarg and -5.8 degrees Celsius in Pahalgam on Monday. Meanwhile, Srinagar and some other parts of the valley recorded a minimum increase in night temperature. Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of 0.8 degrees Celsius as against 0.8 degrees Celsius the previous night and the mercury in Kokarnag dropped to 1.1 degrees Celsius from -0.8 degrees Celsius last night.
during this, Lack of electricityTorturing Kashmiris and making life miserable in the valley continues. Despite the power development department notifying the power cut schedule a month ago, the supply is erratic to the extent that consumers are getting power for four to five hours every day. ISmart metered areas which pay more revenue to the department, locals claim. These areas experience unscheduled power cuts for between five and seven hours per day. Those who are sick at home are suffering the most.
Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha had asked the department to follow the electricity supply schedule but to no avail. “It is disturbing that there is power cut for five to seven hours every day, even though we pay high electricity bills. The installation of smart meters in our area is almost two years old. The department had promised that the smart metered areas There will be 24-hour power supply,” said Manzoor Bajaz, a resident of Rawalpura in Venable, Srinagar.
The situation is worse in central areas of Srinagar and rural areas of North and South Kashmir. Smart meters have been installed in some areas of South Kashmir’s rural districts like Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam, but residents claim that power supply is hardly uninterrupted.
Principal Secretary PDD J&K, Rajesh Prasad said overall power supply has improved in Kashmir and disruption in metered areas may be due to faults in feeders. Meanwhile, the power department officials blamed the lack of supply from sources.

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