Srinagar, Jan 19: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Provincial President, Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani on Friday said the increase in power curtailment by 2 to 2.5 hours has highlighted the agony levels of consumers across Kashmir division.
Echoing the sentiments of people, Nasir said that outages have reached new extremes over the past few months. “The move will increase the ongoing winter torments of people. Responsibility has to be fixed. Govt cannot get away with it’s carelessness. Why did the government let the alarm about dip in water discharge in dams go unheard and didn’t prepare a proposal to purchase from the Northern Grid? Government is fully responsible for the genesis of the crisis, it didn’t happen overnight. There was a prolonged dry spell for all of us to observe which this administration has failed to acknowledge. It is astonishing that despite assurances from authorities, the situation has not only failed to improve but has taken a turn for the worse, casting the region into prolonged darkness”.
Accusing the govt of failing to tackle the power crises, Nasir said, “Unscheduled power cuts & prolonged outages in the Kashmir Valley have reached an alarming level, causing widespread disruptions. The lack of consistent electricity supply has led to significant losses in multiple sectors, impacting businesses, education, healthcare, and overall quality of life.”
He asked why the so called investment boom has not translated into an improved electricity distribution system, which is causing immense frustration among citizens who have borne significant financial burden without reaping the intended advantages. “Govt should come up with a white paper revealing what all steps are being taken to mitigate the crises. People have every right to know why despite paying hefty bills they have to suffer from persistent power woes.” he said.
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