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NC flays administration for prolonged power outages in Kashmir

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Srinagar: National Conference on Tuesday criticized the administration over the pesky power supply in Kashmir, saying the shortage is tormenting the people.

Expressing concern over the electricity crisis in Kashmir, NC spokesperson in a press release here said that in spite of the government promising to provide electricity round-the-clock and as per notified schedule, consumers across Kashmir continue to face unprecedented power outages.

“As the valley is reeling in sub-zero temperatures, people are hardly getting any relief from the electricity department. Instead what they get at the end of the month are inflated electricity bills,” NC said.

Given the scenario of power situation in cities and townships is so poor, NC spokesperson said it is anyone’s guess what the situation must be in the hinterland.

“The current situation has dashed the hopes of people to get improved and uninterrupted power supply. The concerned department isn’t following any load-shedding schedule and yet the government continues to remain unmoved. Providing relief to people, unfortunately, isn’t on the to-do-list of the incumbent administration. It seems people’s suffering will continue this winter too,” he said.

With no indication of any improvement in near future, spokesperson said the patients, students and the elderly are under tremendous stress as electricity is playing proverbial ‘hide n seek’.

“While common consumers including the students are bearing the brunt of the unscheduled power cuts, the crisis has hit the traders the most, especially those associated with tourism, and other sectors,” he added.

Spokesperson said that the situation has gone from bad to worse during the past few weeks. “Power cuts are more frequent and extended during the evening hours. The situation in the rural areas is far worse and most of the villages and townships don’t get electricity for hours together. Irked by the frequent power cuts, the people have started taking to streets to protest against the power shortage. What is further depressing is the laid-back attitude of this administration,” he added.

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