Electricity - Power Blackout

SRINAGAR — Residents of Kashmir Valley find themselves grappling with dual challenges as they face exorbitant power bills and frequent outages during Fajar (pre-dawn) prayers, highlighting the struggles endured by both the economically disadvantaged and devout communities.

Under the oppressive weight of inflated power bills, locals accuse the Kashmir Power Distribution Company Limited (KPDCL) of exploiting the economically vulnerable. Complaints flood in from across the region, with residents alleging that the KPDCL has left no stone unturned in squeezing their already strained finances.

Despite assertions from KPDCL officials regarding a redress mechanism, consumers report a lack of responsiveness to their grievances, leaving them feeling helpless and frustrated.

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“My monthly income is over Rs 10,000, and I have six family members to support. Yet, I received a power bill of Rs 7,400 last month. Tell me, where am I supposed to find this money?” lamented a resident from the Chanapora area of Srinagar.

Protests against KPDCL’s exploitative practices have erupted, with locals likening the company’s behavior to that of the East India Company. Yet, pleas for relief have fallen on deaf ears in the absence of an elected government, leaving residents without access to avenues for recourse.

Adding to the woes, the failure of the KPDCL to ensure uninterrupted power supply during Fajar prayers has become a new norm, drawing widespread frustration and anguish from the faithful. Reports indicate that power outages, particularly during the pre-dawn hours, have become routine, disrupting the sacred ritual of offering prayers in the dark.

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“For the past month, as soon as the call for prayers is given from our local mosque, electricity disappears. Despite raising the issue with concerned officials, nothing has changed,” expressed Abdul Rehman from Batamalo area.

The plight of residents is further exacerbated by lengthy power cuts, prompting concerns about the KPDCL’s commitment to delivering quality service.

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