Amidst a severe power crisis in the Kashmir Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has taken stringent measures to address the issue. Over the last two weeks, fines amounting to Rs 85.24 crore have been imposed, and power supply has been disconnected. Consumers, however, are pointing fingers at the department for the erratic supply during the winter months.
Crackdown on Power Pilferage
To counter the power crisis, the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) has conducted extensive inspections, surpassing 10,000 in number. The crackdown has resulted in the disconnection of power for over 11,000 consumers in the Union Territory. Alongside disconnections, fines totaling Rs 85.24 crore have been levied during the critical period of November.
Despite the administration’s efforts, consumers are expressing dissatisfaction with the power supply situation. Blaming the department for the irregularities during winter, consumers highlight the challenges faced during this difficult season.
Officers from the power department have undertaken overnight inspections, seizing crude heating gadgets and boilers in a bid to curb power pilferage. These measures are part of the administration’s strategy to ensure a more stable and reliable power supply for residents facing the harsh winter conditions.
As the Jammu and Kashmir administration grapples with the power crisis, the imposition of fines and disconnection of supply reflects a proactive approach to address the challenges. However, the consumer grievances underscore the need for a comprehensive and sustainable solution to ensure a consistent power supply in the region.
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