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Bandipora Tales: Transformer allotted to Nathpora area 3 months ago, still defunct

Sajid Raina

Bandipora, Jan 15 (KNO): Residents of Nathpora area in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district are reeling under darkness for the past three months, courtesy a transformer allotted to the area remains defunct still.

Speaking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the residents complained that their area is without electricity for the past three months even after installation of transformer and transmission lines in the area.

The locals said that the transformer of their area (ward-14-Nathpora) was allotted under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), three years ago, the work of which was completed the three months ago but so far the administration has failed to make it properly functional, leaving villagers under darkness.

“We are facing immense hardships in absence of electricity while we are unable to even charge our mobile phones and students cannot study in evening,” they said.

The locals said that despite their repeated calls to district administration, no attempt has been made by the officials to provide them electricity.

“Amid the chilly winter conditions, the government has pushed us to reel under darkness,” Bilal Ahmad, a local residents said.

He said that they are facing immense hardships in absence of electricity and accused the District administration of being ‘indifferent’ to their woes.

“I don’t understand why the government has sent this transformer here if they can’t activate it,” Bilal added.

The villagers threatened to take to streets if district authorities failed to restore power supply in the area within the next five days.

A concerned official when contacted said that the work on this project is complete and the transformer of the area will be operational in a few days.

“Still I will take up this matter with the higher ups and the villagers will get electricity in the coming days,” the official assured—(KNO)

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