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GANDERBAL|MANIGAM: A joint protest demonstration was organized today by people of Manigam and Gutlibaugh fed by Manigam Receiving Station, blocked Srinagar-Leh National highway including all link roads and disrupted vehicular movement and a heavy traffic jam was witnessed in the area for several hours.The protesters raised slogans against the power Development department (PDD).

The protesters said: “We have erratic power supply for last few months, particularly since the winter began. We are facing hardships due to poor power scenario and we are facing frequent power cuts at a time when the valley is in the middle of intense cold spell with night temperature falling many degrees below freezing point, such power cuts that we don’t know when electricity will be supplied to us by the department, the cuts are regular in the morning and evening hours in both the areas" they said"

People complain that authorities are not sticking to any power schedule and violating their own load shedding program. Now, PDD does not follow any power curtailment schedule. We are paying month’s power tariff. In return, the PDD is not providing us the required electricity in these chilly winter days, we have been plunged into darkness and the concerned authority has been unmoved to our plight despite repeated requests” they added.

A huge contingent of police reached the spot and asked the protesters to disperse. However, they refuses, later SHO police station Lar and Ganderbal along with Tehsildar Lar and other employees of PDD assured protestors that their demand will be met after that the protesters were pacified peacefully.

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