Doda, April 04: PDD has been inefficient in providing 24×7 electricity to adjoining villages of Doda town even during the 21-day Coronavirus lockdown. These villages suffer from unscheduled and increased power cuts which has affected students the most.
Students who are away from schools have to prepare their study schedule as per the electricity schedule since it is difficult for them to study without electricity especially during nighttime.
Not only students but villagers are also affected by unscheduled power cuts in the village area of district Doda. Powercuts have been frequent during the evening since last month but PDD department hasn’t done anything to help people in distress. The power supply in several parts of district Doda including hilly areas seems to be playing a game of “hide and seek” with the people.
The locals of different villages of Doda namely Ghat, Shaie, Arnora, Hambal, Moothi, Goha, Prabble, Dedni, Mangota, Roat said that they feel helpless and have no way to resolve this big problem. They approached the authorities but no heed was paid and the problem still persists.
It is a complete failure of the Power Development Department of District Doda which has left the villagers hopeless and the students are forced to study in darkness. There is nearly 12-hour power cut in all these villages and with people staying in their homes during the Coronavirus Lockdown, Power Development Department’s (PDD) declaration of no power cuts in the whole Jammu and Kashmir falls short.
In Doda villages, there is no set schedule for these power cuts either as whenever there is rainfall in the area, the power supply gets disrupted.
“Erratic power supply has adversely affected our education. We have to study under candlelight. The poor performance of students in examination is mainly due to unscheduled power-cuts,” a local said.
Yasir Hussain, a resident of village Ghat said, “We receive power supply only for a few hours with frequent cuts and we have appealed many times to previous governments as well as Executive Engineer PDD to look into the matter but all in vain.”
Article is contributed by Vikas Manhas.