3-day blackout leaves mobiles, ATMs in deep freeze

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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  • Updated: Jan 08, 2012 23:52 IST

An hour's power supply in certain parts of the Kashmir Valley, which is reeling without electricity for the last three days, saw people hurriedly ironing clothes and using electric motors to pump drinking water. People also charged batteries of mobile phones, laptops and inverters.

Major transmission lines at Pir Panchal ranges and several grid stations have been damaged due to heavy snowfall in the region leaving the Valley without power in temperatures as low as minus 5 degree Celsius.

As the extreme cold froze water taps and dried up geysers, people have started using firewood and kerosene oil for heat. The cooking gas, already running in shortage, is being used judiciously.

"We want a proactive administration to restore the basic necessities of life within shortest possible time after snowfall. Unfortunately, despite tall claims of disaster readiness by the government, we have been let down badly," said Abdual Majeed, a banker of old city. "For the past three days the children are locked inside."

Functioning of ATMs was also hampered causing inconvenience to people. Telephone, mobile and internet connectivity have also been hit causing problems to media persons, students and business establishments.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah told media persons said the situation would return to normal on Monday.

 

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