Srinagar, Nov 9:
When 30 year old Mudassir Ahmad of Safa Kadal left home to buy candles, little
did he realize that wax tapers could also go out of stock in the valley.
For the last
three days, Kashmir has been plunged into darkness after electricity
infrastructure received maximum brunt in Thursday’s snowfall. Ill-equipped to deal with this situation,
people started looking for candles and discarded LPG-lighters in storerooms of
were not prepared to face this situation. Administration too has failed to come
to the rescue of people. People are now wandering from one place to another to
buy kerosene and candles to illuminate their homes,” Ahmad said.
complicated the problem is that the candles, LPG coils and other lighting and
heating appliances have vanished from the market. Shopkeepers say they have not
replenished their stocks due to the shutdown for the last three months.
a shopkeeper from Natipora, said fresh stocks of candles, LPG lighting coils
and wicks have not yet arrived in the market. “Last year’s stock has been sold.
Due to the shutdown, new stocks have not arrived yet,” he said.
Kangri- the traditional
fire pot used to keep people warm in winters — too has not arrived in the
market yet. “Even traditional bukharis (heaters) are unavailable in the market.
All the shops that would sell coal are closed now,” said Sheikh Iran, a local
of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) said people were not expecting a snowfall in
November. “There was no prior weather advisory by government either. The dearth of alternate lighting and heating
equipment is also due to the lack of transport,” said Nasir Hamid Khan, senior