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JAMMU: Questioning the tall claims of govt about huge potential of power and water resources within J&K, JKPCC Vice President and former Minister Raman Bhalla on Saturday said where are those dream sellers now when people in Jammu and Kashmir are facing worst ever water and power crisis.He alleged that unscheduled power cuts and water crises in different parts of Jammu division have left people high and dry but government is not even able to come out with exact picture of what exactly is happening behind the scene and what is the current status of available electricity and water.This was observed by former Minister after visiting various rural areas of Gandhi Nagar constituency as a part of his campaign to listen to the grievances of aggrieved people to express his solidarity with people of constituency in this hour of crisis.The government had been making tall claims of tapping 20,000 megawatt of hydroelectric power but situation is so grim that even the already installed generation capacity has dipped drastically making J&K depend upon central purchases.“One wonders where have all those power stations and water supply schemes gone which were inaugurated with much fanfare by the army of ministers during past seven years,” Bhalla said further adding, “poor infrastructure and lack of interest is making crave for even day to day essentials.”He added the casual approach of government in not maintaining regular water and power supply has even affected health of many aged and ailing people.Bhalla claimed that residents of most rural areas were facing acute shortage of water and power crisis as the government had failed to provide essential services to them.He further pointed out that the unprecedented power and water crisis in these areas highlights the apathy of the LG Administration which had failed to address the issues of the people.“Despite persistent appeals to the government to ensure the supply of basic amenities, no action has been taken. People are suffering, but there is no consolation from the government,” he said.Taking a dig at the BJP, Bhalla said while Administration is busy in releasing tall press notes with regard to supply of power and water, people in Jammu and other adjoining districts were experiencing harsh summer days and suffering badly due to the worst power crisis as the Power Development Department had failed miserably to provide adequate supply to the consumers even in the fully metered areas. In view of prevailing heat wave conditions in Jammu region, government must frame multi-prolonged strategy to meet the frequent power cuts and water crisis.Bhalla asked Chief Engineer, EM&RE Wing, Jammu to call co-ordination committee meeting of officers from various divisions of the wing to formulate strategy to meet the growing power demand besides dealing with frequent power curtailments due to system overload.
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