protest against installation of smart meters.

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Traffic came to halt on Srinagar-Baramulla highway at Umerabad in Zainakote area after people blocked the road to protest against installation of smart meters.

Protestors mainly comprising of women from HMT Zainakote area assembled at Umerabad chowk and blocked vehicular traffic on the highway for about two hours.

The protestors told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that they are protesting against the installation of smart meters in their area. 

“We cannot afford inflated electricity bill through these smart meters. We are neither business class people nor we are government employees. We belong to labour class and cannot afford exorbitant bills,” said a woman.

They raised slogans against PDD and were asking authorities to stop the installation of smart meters.

A police officer at the spot told KNO that they are pacifying the protestors asking them to allow traffic on the highway.

Later, traffic was restored on the highway

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