Shopian villages cry hoarse over delay in commissioning HT lines

Shopian villages cry hoarse over delay in commissioning HT lines

SHOPIAN: The transmission line installed in 2015 to give separate power supply to about seven villages of Trenz area of district Shopian has not been commissioned due to ‘callous attitude of the authorities’.
Earlier in January, the government assured power supply to the area from Pinjura receiving station when villagers of Sugan village instilled fault and damaged several poles of transmission line to Lassipora Industrial area in protest against electricity breakdowns in the area. On the intervention of local member of legislative assembly (MLA) Aijaz Ahmad Mir, the deputy commissioner Shopian and executive engineer power development department assured the people that separate power supply for the area will be restored in March.
Villagers from Trenz, Votterpora, Pehlipora and adjoining villages alleged that the department was not concerned about the people’s woes.
The old high tension line for the area goes through Chitragam receiving station and mostly passes through apple orchards. The apple growers have fear of losses as the lines are very close to trees and at several places were installed on apple, kiker, walnut and Chinar tress.
Villagers of Voterpora told Kashmir Reader that the old lines were never repaired. “We are paying huge power bills but power breakdown is the routine of the day. Few minutes of winds or rain results in fault of the line and subsequent power breakdown for days,” Gulzar Ahmad Khan, a resident said.
When contacted executive engineer power development (PDD), Irshad Ahmd said they have completed the work on installing lines. He did not explain as to why the power supply has not been restored through the new transmission line.

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