Winter power schedule still operational in Kashmir

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SRINAGAR — Even though half of the Spring season has already passed, people across Kashmir resent the government’s move of providing power supply according to the Winter schedule.

Locals from different areas of central, south and north Kashmir said that their area is getting power supply as per the Winter schedule which was announced and implemented in the first week of November last year.

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“Winter is over but our power woes continue. We are still getting the power supply as per the Winter schedule that was announced and implemented in October last year,” said Irfan Ahmad, a resident of Chanapora area of Srinagar.

Residents from different areas of north Kashmir said that unscheduled and frequent power cuts still persist in the entire region despite the arrival of Summer season.

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“Since November snowfall, the Power Development Department has failed to ensure proper power supply as per their curtailment schedule which affects the residents quite badly,” said Junaid Ahmad, a resident of Baramulla.

Locals from south Kashmir said that power supply is snapped after every one or two hours in their area. “Our area reels under darkness in the evening. Despite arrival of Spring season and considerable improvement in weather, the power supply is snapped as per Winter schedule and pesky power cuts are still prevalent,” Waris Ahmad, a local resident of Achabal area of Anantnag, said.

Since January, the Power Development Department has failed to ensure proper power supply as per their curtailment schedule which affects residents as well as businessmen and industrialists,” said Ghulam Muhammad, a resident of Lassipora.

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Similarly, residents of other areas of Kashmir have alleged that after every two hours, their areas witness power cuts, that too for hours together.

We took up the issue with authorities who are assuring us of improvement in the power schedule, but on ground nothing happens, said locals from different areas of Kashmir.

When contacted, Chief Engineer, Power Development Corporation Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad Dar, he said that due to COVID-19 restrictions and sustained cold, load is yet to drop and people are also not cooperating by reducing heating loads.

“Constrains do not allow full change of schedule and it will change only once temperature will further improve,” he said.

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