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DC Budgam, PDD officials least bothered; people forced to suffer, Chief Secretary's directions given a 'damn'
Two weeks after snowfall electricity line at Humhama yet to be restored at original position
11/14/2018 10:54:13 PM
Jehangir Rashid

Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Nov 14: Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir valley are virtually giving a 'damn' to the directions of Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam of cutting trees that are running close to the transmission lines of Power Development Department (PDD).
Following the untimely snowfall of November 2 and 3, the Chief Secretary directed the DCs of Kashmir through a video conference to cut the trees that are standing close to power lines. The same was done in order to ensure people face minimum problems as and when there is snowfall.
It was expected that the DCs would follow the directions and take the necessary steps in this regard, but that was not to be. The lackadaisical attitude from the people at helm meant that people continue to suffer on energy front. Even today complaints are pouring that scores of trees continue to stand near the power lines. "The PDD lines continue to touch the trees at many places in the valley and as such there are frequent breakdowns in the power supply. It seems the people manning the different districts have made it a point that the directions issued to them by the senior officers are never implemented on ground," said a group of people while sharing views with Early Times. Not to talk of damages to the transmission lines in the other districts a transmission line in an area falling in the outskirts of Srinagar city is yet to be restored to its original position. A transmission line that fell following the snowfall in the Humhama area is yet to be placed at its own place thus causing huge problems for the people living in Humhama and adjacent areas of Budgam district.
"Due to the snapping of transmission line the power supply to our area has been disrupted on regular basis. For the whole day today we faced huge curtailment schedule and we could get electricity for an hour or so. But our problems don't bother the people at helm especially DC Budgam and as a result we continue to suffer," said residents of Ompora. Despite the fact that almost two weeks have passed since the snowfall took place and the transmission line fell near the Subsidiary Training Centre (STC) no effort whatsoever has been taken to place the transmission line at its own place. The residents said that despite repeated requests the needful has not been done by the department so far. Although Early Times brought the issue into the notice of Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Syed Sehrish Asgar through WhatsApp, the administrative head of the district did not deem it fit to look into the matter and take corrective measures. The delay in setting the matters right has proven that the DCs are not bothered about directions issued by senior people like the Chief Secretary of the state.
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