SRINAGAR: Scores of protestors, mainly women, chanted slogans against PDD, asking the latter to stop the installation of smart-meters in the area and restore the electricity, which according to them was snapped on Wednesday.
The protesters blocked the main road near JLNM Hospital, causing a standstill for few hours.
“We had protested against the move yesterday also, following which the authorities snapped the electricity to the area,” a protesting woman said.
“We request the government not to install any more meters in our area and remove those already installed here”, they said adding “We will pay as per our consumption but only want these smart meters be removed from here.”
“We have been protesting for a long time now, but no one is listening to us”, they said.
Few people from administration later on visited the site to pacify the protesters following which they dispersed peacefully.
When contacted, Chief Engineer KPDCL said that the electricity will be restored once the inhabitants allow them to install smart meters. “The way these smart meters are to be installed across Kashmir, likewise will be installed in Rainawari also”, he said.
Meanwhile, SHO Rainawari Syed Junaid said that the protestors dispersed peacefully after a police team visited the site. gns