Widespread protests against power crisis in IIOJK

Srinagar, April 29 (KMS): There is no end to people’s resentment against the electricity crisis in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir which has made their living miserable forcing them to stage protests at various places across the territory against authorities’ failure to control the unscheduled power cuts.

Residents of Batmaloo area of Srinagar lodged a strong protest against the non-availability of electricity and said that the IIOJK administration has failed to provide power to the people especially during the holy month of Ramadhan. Talking to media, a group of women protesters said the people at helm have miserably failed to provide basic necessities like power and water to the people of Kashmir.

The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Women’s Wing said the power crisis in the territory is deepening with each passing day, saying people are seeing no relief from unscheduled outages. This was said by the party’s Women’s Wing functionaries in a protest held in Srinagar against the worst ever and pervasive power crisis in Kashmir.
Led by the party’s Women’s Wing president Shameema Firdous, the protesting Women’s Wing functionaries raised placards demanding relief from the unscheduled power cuts and unsteady water supply.

Traders of different markets in Jammu under the banner of Traders Federation Ware House Nehru Market (TFW NM) held a protest demonstration against the 15 to 18 hours power cut in the Jammu region, particularly in the Ware House Nehru Market. The protest was led by Deepak Gupta, president TFWHNM. They came down heavily on the administration for the worst power crisis, warning the authorities to take immediate steps to improve the situation before it further worsens.

High Court Bar Association, Jammu wing, held a meeting under the chairmanship of M.K. Bhardwaj, president of the Association, regarding the unscheduled electricity curtailment in Jammu province. During the meeting, Bhardwaj strongly condemned the administration for its inaction, which he said has failed even in providing the basic essential services to the people of Jammu province due to which the general public is suffering very badly in this hot summer.

Aam Admi Party (AAP) Kathua unit protested against the unscheduled power cuts in the entire Jammu division and said the Manoj Sinha-led administration has miserably failed to provide basic amenities to the people of the of Jammu & Kashmir. The party leaders while talking to media persons said, Sinha and BJP-led Indian government believe in making announcements while doing nothing for the people of J&K. They said the government has failed to provide basic amenities like water and electricity to the people adding that power cuts would be 16 hours in near future.

Making their presence felt in expressing resentment against the unscheduled power cuts, a group of school going children staged a unique protest ‘Bachcha Bijli Andolan’ in Jammu. Raising slogans against the power outages, the school children said, “We are unable to sleep, eat or study properly due to frequent power cuts. We urge LG [Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha] to provide us non-stop power or else give us your residential address so that we can move there and enjoy uninterrupted power and water supplies”. While a little boy said, due to frequent and long power cuts during night hours, school going children like him are unable to wake up in the morning because of which they are not reaching schools in time.