[caption id='attachment_382' align='aligncenter' width='300'] © Ahmad Tibrizi Sony Wicaksono[/caption]Srinagar, Jun 18The holy fasting month of...
Srinagar, Jun 18
The holy fasting month of Ramzan will commence from tomorrow in the Kashmir valley, where authorities have announced uninterrupted power supply to people though the prices of essentials, particularly vegetables, remained high. As no moon was sighted yesterday anywhere in the country, including Kashmir valley, today is the last day of Islamic calendar month of Shaban.
Tomorrow will be the first day of holy month Ramzan when people observe fasting for entire day from dawn to dusk. A person cannot even drink water during entire period.
However, the prices of essentials, particularly vegetables, has increased further and there is shortage of water in many areas in the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar.
Prices of vegetables has witnessed Rs five to Rs ten increase during the past one week, while meat was being sold at Rs 400 per kg against the government approved rate of Rs 280. There is also no fixed rate for chicken which is being sold at Rs 110 to Rs 130, depend upon the area.
Rates of dates has also witnessed increase as compared to last year.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir government has already announced to purchase additional power to provide uninterrupted power supply to people during the holy month in the Kashmir valley and peak summer period in Jammu region.
However, people complained that power supply frequently gets disrupted because the transmissions are not functioning properly due to rotten and damaged wooden poles, particularly in the Budshah Nagar, Natipora area, which is a part of Amira Kadal constituency represented by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) minister Syed Altaf Ahmad Bukhari.
Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has directed the Power Development Department (PDD) officers to ensure that the consumers of the valley get adequate supply of power especially in view of the ensuing month of Ramzan.
He asked the officers to ensure that the consumers of the valley get the requisite and adequate supply of power during Sehri and Iftiyar times.
Dr Singh said that the additional power should also be purchased to meet any shortfall during the month and maintained that Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has also passed the requisite directions as well.