Darkness of winter

Unscheduled power cuts GMK Photo / Mehroob Mushtaq
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Like our distinct culture, the harsh winter with all its hardships and joys is a part of our identity. Ever since the unprecedented snowfall hit higher reaches of Kashmir, people have been subjected to immeasurable hardships. There has been a certain dip in the temperatures all across the valley leading people to rummage through their wardrobes to look for woolens. The night has progressively plummeted to upwards of minus 5 degree Celsius and each new night beats the previous night’s record, but the power supply has reduced to a trickle, with long unscheduled power cuts the order of the day. Both metered as well as unmetered areas have already been slapped with a drastic load-shedding schedule.

 

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Students also suffer a great deal as their studies are impacted. However, the biggest problems start when the power supply goes for a toss. There are still hundreds of villages in Kashmir where electricity is absent from days. What would a person do in sub-zero temperatures without a proper power supply. How would a common man cook his meals? With what gadget would he keep his rooms warm? The rich have their Hamams. What does a common man have? We are talking of Kashmir which has huge hydroelectricity potential. Why can’t our valley have 24-hour electricity? The government needs to look towards this problem seriously. How many more dark winters shall we endure? Though the administration has been repeatedly saying that it will ensure better power supply during winters, the ground situation is contrary to official claims. It is high time that the concerned department wakes to the ground situation and takes some concrete steps to stabilize the power supply

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