STATE TIMES NEWS BHADARWAH: Amidst claims by administration about restoration of power across the twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar, protests have erupted at Bhadarwah where power has not been restored even after a week of snow storm. Locals gathered at Takia Chowk and Seri Bazar on Tuesday afternoon to join the protest against Additional District administration as power restoration work has not begun in the town itself due to which people are left to face lot of problems. On Saturday, Superintending Engineer Chenab Region Asgar Hussain had declared that power restoration after snowfall will not take more than three days at least in District Doda. But protestors alleged that in reality it has not been restored and the process is going on at snail’s pace with the concerned department is showing no urgency or seriousness. The residents said the entire Valley was reeling under darkness for last seven days, as the “PDD has failed to restore power despite fair weather since last 4 days.” “The local administration seems to be in deep slumber and least bothered to bail out the resident from the crisis. This has made our life miserable and forced us to come on the roads so that our problem is addressed,” said Mushtaq Ahmed Chunna a protestor. Advocate Mohd Majid Malik expressed dismay over the sluggish approach of administration in mitigating problems of people arising from recent snowfall since last five days, there is no electricity in Bhadarwah, Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and other parts of the region. PDD department is trying to restore power supply but to no avail as field staff is without the required infrastructure and equipments to replace the damage machinery, poles , wires , transformers and insulators. He urged upon Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the problem of Chenab Valley immediately and demanded strict action against local administration and erring PDD officials. The protesting residents said that due to power failure ATMs have also stopped working and they are unable to withdraw money since last 5 days. They threatened that if administration fails to restore essential services, they will again come on streets to protest.
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