Concerned over the erratic power supply and scarcity of essential commodities in the Valley, CPI (M) State Secretary and MLA, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has asked the government to take immediate measures for improving the power scenario and ensuring availability of daily needs.
In a statement issued here today, Tarigami has said that amidst the prevailing LPG crisis, which made life virtually impossible in Kashmir, the unscheduled power cuts have pushed people to wall.
“In the freezing temperature the people have not only been deprived of ration, sugar, kerosene oil and LPG but the unscheduled power supply has added into their problems. Despite a huge hydroelectric potential, the state has been energy deficit for long and now when the cap on LPG cylinders has aggravated the situation, the authorities seem hardly bothered about the problems faced by the common people,” Tarigami remarked.
He added that the massive power breakdown following a heavy snowfall last winter still sends shivers down the spine and despite the assurances of the government, concerns of long and recurrent power cuts this winter, loom large.
“Due to prevailing LPG crisis, reliance on electricity has increased considerably. Complaints of erratic power cuts galore and the government often attribute erratic power cuts and tough curtailment schedule to the reckless usage of electricity by people. But the government and semi-government departments are the biggest defaulters. There is immediate need for effective measures to bridge the gap between availability and consumption of electricity, and set up a dependable power delivery system in the State,” Tarigami suggested.