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Inhuman say Ganderbal residents on banning heating devices

GANDERBAL: The resident of Ganderbal is in anguish over the order issued by the District Magistrate imposing a ban on the sale, possession and use of electric heating appliances.

The district administration last week issued an order imposing a ban on the sale, possession and use of electric heating appliances. However, after facing public criticism and the new directive called for a ban on the sale, purchase and use of “banned Nichrome Coils based crude water heaters and crude cooking heaters”.

Though this brought a sigh of relief to the people of the district, the civil society criticised the administration for its “inhuman” attitude.

“The recent order by Deputy Commissioner (District Magistrate) Ganderbal imposing a blanket ban on electric heaters, blowers, etc is arbitrary and totally against the people,” Sajad Farooq Rather, a lawyer and activist said.

“Charity begins at home. The maximum power laid is in government offices. Even a small room has an AC, a heater, or a blower. The administration is always late to prepare for power distribution issues. I urge people to rise against this arbitrary order,” he said.

Firdous Ahmad Dar, President of Traders Union Kangan, said the order banning heating gadgets in bone-chilling winter is “against humanity”. “This (order) is a curse on the poor,” he shouted.

Congress leader Sibtain Shah said, “I have already conveyed my message to DC Ganderbal to review the order and take action against those households which are without PDD agreement.”

“The problem basically lies with the people and students from other areas who live in rented accommodation here without PDD agreements,” Shah said.


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