In this winter there are still unscheduled power cuts going on and it is irking not only the traders but also the student community here. Power cuts are becoming a routine despite the assurance given recently by the J&K Chief Secretary that they will minimize the unscheduled power cuts in Kashmir.

The Power Development Department was directed to explore the possibility of informing the public about the scheduled power cut through text messages in the future, besides ensuring lowering the existing transformer damage rate from 20% to 10% during the three winter months. The department was also asked to ensure that the damaged transformers in all main towns be replaced within 8 hours of reported failure, while in other areas the same shall be made functional within 24 hours.

Special emphasis was to be laid on providing protective gear and proper heating arrangements to the employees deployed on duties in extreme weather conditions for maintenance works.

He mentioned that the government is keen to ensure a vibrant winter tourism season in Kashmir and for this purpose, provision of reliable electricity supply is of critical importance. He exhorted the officers of the KPDCL to provide 24X7 power supply to Gulmarg and Pahalgam, besides ensuring that winter tourist spots including Sonamarg and Doodhpathri receive adequate electric supply during these winters. For this all necessary arrangements including laying of underground cables and other suitable arrangements shall be made in a timely manner.

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