Students’ future at stake as PDD fails to repair transformer

Students studying under firewood light. -Excelsior/Tilak Raj
Students studying under firewood light. -Excelsior/Tilak Raj

Excelsior Correspondent
BHADERWAH, Nov 17: Villagers in general and students appearing in annual exams in particular are reeling under severe pressure as their village in Dadhkai B Panchayat of Bhalessa area in District Doda is without electricity after the transformer installed in their village developed snag in April this year.
Villagers, all of them living Below Poverty Line alleged that they have been running from pillar to post to get their power supply restored as harsh winters are fast settling in and most importantly annual board and university exams are going on, but instead of listening to their woes or considering the future of students, Power Development Department (PDD) served them bills tuning up to Rs 2000 to Rs 3000 for the last seven months.
“Our exams are going on and we are compelled to study in irritating black smoke of kerosene lamp or firewood torch, which most of the time results in acute pain in our eyes and chest pain, as our transformer developed snag due to which we are without electricity since last seven months”, said a student Mukther Ahmed of Dhakar village appearing in 12th class board exam.
“Our career is at stake, we request to the administration and department to restore the electricity in our village by repairing the transformer”, Mukther added.
When contacted, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Gandoh, Dilmir Choudhary confirmed that the village is without electricity for the past several months.
“I talked to PDD officials and sarpanch of the village and I am hopeful that we will be able to resolve the issue and restore the electricity supply in couple of days”, SDM added and assured that the population which remained without power supply for prolonged period need not pay their dues.