JAMMU, April 22 : The Power Development Department (PDD) has come up with a summer shocker for 7 lakh residents of Jammu, announcing eight-hour daily shutdown schedule to carry out works under the Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (R-APDRP), leaving people to bear sweltering summer heat, reports jk update.
Power supply will remain shut between 8 am and 4 pm during the coming week at Rehari Colony, Sarwal, Chinore, Durga Nagar, Roop Nagar, Hazoori Bagh, Teerth Nagar Colony, Lower Roop Nagar, Buta Nagar and Upper Roop Nagar.
Consumers are perplexed and questions logic of announcing a shutdown schedule which will be implemented when temperature is hovering around 40°C in the winter capital of J&K.
The power portfolio is held by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh. There is widespread resentment among people why the Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) works undertaken by IRCON International Ltd is being implemented during the peak summer time and why the pace of work remained slow during winter months.
“We are unable to understand why every repair and laying of infrastructure have to be done during summer. People will be without electricity during the entire day. How can government do that to us?” said Roshan Kumar, a resident of Chinore.
The R-APDRP being implemented by IRCON International Ltd is already under scanner with allegation of corruption and poor quality of material being used to implement the Centre-sponsored scheme to improve electricity distribution network.
Rs 1,700 crore were released for the project by the Central government about four years ago and the work was to be completed in 2014, but it had jumped four deadlines, with government setting March 2018 as final deadline for its completion.
“In areas starting from Buta Nagar to Bantalab, poles were erected some two years back and work has not been carried out during the winter months. Why now? The government has no concern for the comfort of people,” Adarsh Bali, resident of Lower Roop Nagar.
When contacted, Executive Engineer, Janipur, Avneet Gupta said the issue had been taken up with IRCON officials. “Every step is being taken to ensure that people don’t suffer but works have to be completed under the R-APDRP. Cuts will be implemented on alternate days,” said Gupta. However, none of the officials from IRCON was available for comments.
Summer always brings misery to people as despite investment of crores of rupees, project are running behind schedule and have not been completed. This has led to cost overrun and allegations of corruption are rampant.