Pulwama: Jubilant scenes were witnessed in a far-flung Gujar habitation in South Kashmir's Pulwama district after it was electrified under sub-tribal plan.
It was a unique experience for some residents of Batdalow village in Khrew area of Pulwama to witness the electric lamps of their houses glowing for the first time.
A resident of the village, Mohammad Junaid Bajad, told that they shifted to the area in Batdalow around 20 years back. "We were having no electricity because of which we were facing immense hardships," he said, adding that the most serious issue was the night study of their wards.
"Our kids would miss night study due to non-availability of electricity," he said.
Another resident, Shaki Chara Manzoor Ahmad, said that they had to move to other parts of the habitation for charging their mobile phones.
"Sometimes I would travel around 5 kilometers to charge my mobile phone at a house of my relative," he said.
The residents also said that in absence of electricity they were also having difficulty fetching drinking water from pumps.
The residents were overwhelmed with waves of euphoria after electric wires, poles and a transformer were installed for them.
They applauded DC Pulwama, Baseer ul Haq Chaudhry, for redressing their grievance.
The residents also appreciated DDC member of the area ,Tazeema Akhtar and Chaudhry Mohammad Yaseen Poswal, Gujjar Bakerwal Confrence General Secretary for pleading grievance of the area before authorities and getting them redressed.
Haamid Wani, Junior Engineer, KPDCL, informed Rising Kashmir that around 7 households in Batdalow were un-electrified.
"The houses were electrified under tribal sub-plan and a 63 KV transformer was installed for them," he said, adding that the other portion of the habitation was already electrified.