Shopian villages protest power outage

Shopian villages protest power outage

By RAASHID HASSAN
Shopian: About seventy villages are without electricity from past five days in this south Kashmir’s hilly district of Shopian. “We are in complete darkness for the past many days and authorities are in deep slumber,”  said Muneer Hussain Bhat of Pargochi.
“The 11000 KVA line from receiving station of Chitragam is damaged and at many places it has been fastened with trees due to shortage of poles, which results in multiple power cuts,” said Bashir Ahmed, an inspector with the power department.
Assistant Executive Engineer (PDD) Chitragam station, Farooq Ahmed Reshi told Kashmir Reader that the 11000 KVA line due to overload in area is melting constantly which results in power breakdowns.
In villages such as Pahnoo , Pargochi , Mohanpora , trenz, Nadigund, Pehlipora, Utterpora, Imamsahib, Helov, Nagbal, Turkwangam Barbug, Sugan and Dangerpora, consumers said their repeated demonstrations have been ignored.
“If any action isn’t taken soon, we will stop paying the electricity bills as a mark of protest,” Bhat said..
A group of senior citizens from Pahnoo told Kashmir Reader that the 80 percent of transmission lines to their village run through orchards. Orchardists complain that power lines attached to trees are another source of to their woes.
“The high tension line goes through 20 apple trees of my orchard, and we are unable to harvest most of it,” said Shamim Bhat of Voterpora.
Another orchardist Abdul Majeed told Kashmir Reader that about five apple and cherry trees were burnt last year in his orchard because of High Tension wires.
Reshi alleged that power cuts were caused because of a fault in 33,000 KVA line instilled by people of Sugan village, as a mark of protest, who are demanding separate feeder for the area.
“We are working with District Commissioner’s office regarding this issue and electricity will be restored within two days, “ he added.
Executive Engineer Shopian, Irshad Ahmed added that they were working on new 11000 KVA line for the area via Pinjora receiving station.
“I have directed the PDD department to sanction another transformer to Pinjora receiving station by which this station would be able to deliver electricity to this area,” deputy commissioner Shopian, Manzoor Ahmed Qadri said.

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