Commercial establishments and shops remained shut here today in protest against the power crisis that is affecting their businesses.
The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (JCCI),which had given the protest call,also took out a protest rally in Ragunath market in the city and held demonstrations against the state government and the Power Development Department (PDD).
They demanded uninterrupted power supply to business establishments in the Jammu city.
PDD has not been able to meet the expectations,JCCI President Y V Sharma said.
People of Jammu started crying on the issue because of the repeated power cuts,breakdowns and interruptions,both scheduled and unscheduled,resulting into losses of industrial production,losses in the commercial sector,discomforts in the domestic sector and to thousands of pilgrims visiting both Mata Vaishno Devi and Sri Amarnath,” he said.
Authorities have not fulfilled their assurances and power supply is worsening with every passing day,he said.
PDD launched the voluntary load disclosure scheme (VLDS) without proper guidance to consumers. Even honest consumers are being harassed by unannounced inspections,he said.
The chamber has failed to understand that the time and the motive behind the inspections,especially when there is no power supply available to the people.
Chamber is for a strong and efficient system which does not allow any pilferage of power. But we strongly protest against harassment of genuine consumers and government and PDD trying to divert the attention of the people from their own failure and is management of the available power supply and trying to prove that it is the consumer who is at fault, he said.