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Sagar expresses dismay over power crisis in Kashmir

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar on Wednesday expressed dismay over the prevailing power crises in Kashmir, saying the longer and unscheduled power cuts have disturbed the daily lives of people.

A party spokesman said that while addressing scores of delegations who had called on him from different parts of Kashmir, Sagar drew the attention of the administration towards the inability of the consumers to pay hefty electricity bills and said that that all the economic activities including tourism, and horticulture have come to a grinding halt in wake of the subsequent clamp down and lock downs since August last year making it infeasible for the consumers to pay exorbitant tariff, despite that administration has failed to ensure adequate power supply to consumers.

“When it comes to ensuring round the clock facilities to consumers, administration is found sulking; it is only at the time of serving bills that the administration swings into action. This reveals how indifferent the incumbent administration is towards the mounting problems of people,” he said.

On the occasion party’s Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani and Provincial Secretary Showkat Mir were present. The leaders gave a patient hearing to the visiting delegations and ensured to take them up at all appropriate forums, the spokesman said.

Sagar said that people especially the salaried class and daily wagers find themselves in dire straits completely unable to pay hefty electricity bills.  The situation of people engaged with small and medium businesses, he said, is no different and that the poor lot is reeling under huge debts.

“Come winters, the valley is beset with darkness, the scenario has worsened this year drastically.  The erratic power supply is playing hide and seek. The civil administration has left people to fend for themselves,” he said.

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