Bandipora: Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Sajad Ganie, on Sunday said that the 50-MVA grid station was ready to deliver services, but could not be made functional because of some right of way issues.
“The project is complete but issues in the construction of six towers required for 132 KV DC transmission line from Badampora Ganderbal to Bandipora is hampering its functioning,” he said.
“Negotiations have failed but we are trying to motivate them (landowners) again or find an alternative.”
Kashmir Reader has learned that the landowners got a court stay against the construction of the towers to the grid station completed in 2014. However, an alternative has not been sought yet as it incurs a massive cost.
An official at Power Development Department said that local administration had proposed an alternate alignment for the transmission line but they turned it down because of the loss it might have incurred.
“It would have affected the first component of the project, made nearly five distribution towers redundant and incurred a loss of 4-5 crores. Out of estimated 19.85 crores for the first component, nearly 14 crores have already been spent on the transmission line,” he said, adding that another component of the project, which included construction of a 50 MVA, 132/33 KV grid station and 132 KV was complete with a total project cost of 17.52 crores.
He, however, agreed that the project had missed two deadlines due to issues with the landowners. “Earlier, the grid station was to be commissioned in March 2016, later the commissioning date was extended to December 2016 due to some right to way issues, but the grid station is yet to be made operational,” he said.