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Kashmir reels under power crisis

Jan 03, 2012 03:24 PM IST India India
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Uri: After months of lull and calm, storm brewed again on the streets of Kashmir, this time over heavy power cuts. A young man was killed and three others wounded when the CISF fired at people protesting against the heavy load shedding in the state near Uri on Monday.

The Omar government has now taken up the issue with the Home Ministry. However, the ongoing power crisis is central to this anger.

One villager said, "We live without electricity, it is as if there is only darkness in this village."

Another said, "Even the few hours when there is electricity, it barely works."

A fresh power curtailment chart by the Power Department means there's no electricity for 14 to 16 hours every day across Kashmir.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has been stating that the state suffers a Rs 2000 crore loss on account of lining up power and revenue realization.

"This sector has been neglected for many years and cannot be mended in two years," said Omar.

Even as Kashmir freezes over, it's a winter of discontent with its people living in darkness.