Long power cuts, severe heat conditions leave Jammu citizens infuriated: Bhalla

Senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla interacting with people in Gandhi Nagar constituency on Sunday.

JAMMU: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on Sunday appealed LG Murmu to address power crisis in Jammu region as the grid stations are not in a position to supply power as per the increased demand and the infrastructure is unable to sustain the increased load due to rising temperature. Former Minister on Sunday visited several areas of Gandhi Nagar constituency including Nai Basti, Bhour Camp, Gadigarh, Rohimorh after receiving distress calls from these areas regarding worst ever power crisis.
Contrary to the claims of Govt that regular power will be supplied, the Power Development Department (PDD) is resorting to one hour power cut every two hours. “The power demand in the coming days is likely to go up in Jammu region and due to less capacity of the grid stations, the crisis will only deepen,” Bhalla said. He said that the infrastructure available with the PDD at present is not well equipped to “sustain the load in peak summer season”. He said that the power demand has increased manifold and the system is not in a position to sustain the load due to soaring temperature. “Apart from this, there are grid constraints due to which the power crisis has worsened,” said Bhalla. There is one hour curtailment every two hours in the metered areas, while in non-metered areas there’s 7 to 8 hour power curtailment. The deepening power crisis is also adversely affecting water supply in Jammu. The PHE Department cannot lift the required quantity of water due to power outages.
For the last one week, Jammu city and its other major towns like Akhnoor, Khour, Jourian, RS Pura, Bishnah, Vijaypur, Nagrota, Bari Brahamana besides Samba and Kathua districts and its towns like Billawar, Basohli, Hiranagar, Ghagwal, Lakhanpur etc are facing worst kind of power crisis, he said.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Amrit Bali, Suresh Sharma, Vijay Choudhary, Pawan Bhagat, Gurpreet Dogra Gopi, Surinder Sodhi, Gurcharan Singh, Assa Singh, Harbans Singh, Shiva, Kewal Sharma, Kapoor Lal Dogra, Tony beside others.