STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: People in Jammu city and other adjoining rural areas experiencing harsh summer days are suffering badly in view of the worst kind of power crisis as the Govt has miserably failed to provide adequate supply of electricity to the consumers even in the fully metered areas, whereas, non-clearance of payments of the firms repairing transformers has added to the woes of the public because these firms have refused to work for the PDD. This was observed by former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla while listening to grievances of residents of Bhour Kullian Ward-73. Prominent among those present on the occasion include Amrit Bali, Pawan Bhagat, Mulakh Raj, Kapoor Lal, Ajay Kumar beside others. Bhalla said angry public is on the roads protesting against the government, not only the public but the industrialists are also facing worst kind of power crisis here. For hours together, the forced shut down is being imposed on the consumers which are torturous during this peak scorching hot summer days, he said. Even during night hours, there is no power for hours together and people are spending sleepless nights these days, he added. Bhalla further said that transformers repaired in PDD workshops, mostly get damaged even within week, a fortnight or even a month. In some cases, they get damaged immediately after installation. Department takes one year warranty from the private firms for the repaired transformers, ensuring quality work but this rule is not for them in their own PDD workshops. They should also be made accountable to ensure quality work and not the substandard one, he added. Former Minister further said that Power Development Department, which claims to have excelled in providing online service for quick access in disposing of electricity bills and keeping people updated with power availability in their areas, has failed to live up to their expectations.
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