he electricity supply to Kashmir leaves a lot to be desired. There are reports pouring in from a lot of districts of Kashmir valley which suggest of massive curtailment in electricity during peak hours. The situation is awful in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, and even here in City.
In some villages the electricity is hardly visible for more than two hours in a day from last few days.
The power crisis in Kashmir has become a natural phenomena owing to the fact that the power department has failed to enhance its transmission capacities to meet the demand for electricity in winter months when the temperature plummets below zero.
In Jammu region even though the urban part has reasonably good supply of electricity the other frontier districts are reeling under darkness.
It is an irony that the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir which produces abundant supply of electricity should be reeling under darkness especially in the winter months.
In villages, the consumers face prolonged curtailments without any announcement of the schedule. Power cuts have become a cause of concern for students whose examinations are approaching and their studies get hampered due to frequent non-availability of power supply.
Power outages across Kashmir have made winter unbearable for people, particularly children and elderly, as the night temperature is slipping down.
The administration must gear up and replace faulty transformers, and old wires in lesser time. At the same time administration must ensure that its promise of providing uninterrupted power supply to the metered areas has to be followed in letter and spirit.
There was a time when citizens were not paying electricity Bills. Now that the scene has changed and people are paying their bills on time, the ball is in the court of establishment to provide the best possible supply of electricity to consumers.