Srinagar, April 23: Chairman People’s Democratic Front (PDF) and former Minister Hakeem Mohammed Yaseen Saturday urged the administration to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the last 10 days (Ashra) of the holy month of Ramazan.
In a statement, Hakeem said the administration failed to stick to its own power curtailment schedule during holy Ramazan and resorted to untimely power cuts across the valley due to which people faced inconvenience.
“Even in most parts of Kashmir, including summer capital Srinagar, people are left reeling under darkness even on the imperative timings of Sehri and Iftar, which is very unfortunate. The power curtailment hours are more than the power supplied hours,” he said.
The senior leader said the situation is different as compared to past years, and there are more prolonged and unscheduled power cuts being reported across Kashmir.
Hakeem appealed to the administration they should ensure an uninterrupted power supply during the last 10 days (Ashra) of the holy month of Ramdhan. As Aitikaf, Shab-e-Qadr and Eid-ul-Fitr will be observed during the same time, he said.
The senior leader appealed to the LG led administration to ensure all arrangements to provide an uninterrupted power supply during the last 10 days.
“The lofty claims of providing 24/7 electricity by administration remained restricted to statements only. People have seen the worst power crisis during this Ramazan,” he said.
Tarigami expresses concern over power crises in J&K
CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami Saturday expressed dismay over the power crises in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement he said that the extended and unannounced power outages are causing immense hardships to people of Jammu & Kashmir. While urban areas are witnessing power cuts up to 9 hours, many outlying villages have been reeling under almost sheer darkness for several months.
Tarigami said that the precarious power situation is in marked contrast to LG's recent announcement that the metered areas would receive seamless electricity round the clock.
“It is very unfortunate that despite having huge potential to generate copious amounts of electricity, Jammu and Kashmir has to face the worst power crises often,” he added.
The region has a potential to generate the commercial hydro power up to 20000 MW out of which only 3263.4 MW stands harnessed by various agencies including Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation, NHPC and Independent Power Producers. Moreover, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh has the potential of generating 111GW solar energy, Tarigami added.
He said that in spite of this potential it is very unfortunate that these resources remain untapped and the entire region continues to face yawning demand-supply gaps.
The government should harness the hydro power and solar potential besides making small projects in remote and far-off areas of the Jammu and Kashmir to augment the power supply, he said.