Nobody inspects the inspection teams
SOPORE: Pinning blame on the consumers for the limited power supply in winters, Power Development Department (PDD) often conducts raids in rural areas, seizing heaters, boilers and wires, but where does the seized equipment go?
The PDD divisions in Sopore have no records, at least.
There is no list, no inventory, but all claim to have conducted inpections and raids seizing gadgets.
A PDD official in north Kashmir said that because of the huge gap between supply (300mw) and demand (550) mw, a check on electricity violators was important, “so that we can avoid load on our stations”.
“There are many ways to deal with the electricity violators. We usually seize their electrical appliances like heaters, boilers and wires, we put a fine on them as per their usage of particular electric alliance, we can also lodge an FIR against the electricity violator but we avoid doing it due the social stigma,” he said.
But asked about the fate of seized gadgets, the official had no idea.
Sopore has five power divisions and one special division for Tangmarg. Each division sends team to inspect areas where the load on power station is reported high.
Showkat Ahmad Bhat, AIEE of the third subdivision of Sopore said that his team has conducted raids in different villages like Botingoo, Warpora, Seelu, Shiva and Bomai and seized large number of electrical appliances like heaters, boilers and wires.
Bhat said the seizures helped them in reducing load on stations but asked if they maintain a list of recovered items, the answer was no.
Syed Changal, AIEE of the Second Sub Division of Sopore area had similar claims to boast, but no records to show or share.
Another subdivision official declined to share any information about the raids.
Riyaz Ahmad, a villager from Botingoo told Kashmir Reader that almost 20 heaters, a number of boilers and some room heaters were seized in their area during the last raid by the officials. However, not a single record has been maintained by anybody.
Senior Engineer of North Kashmir PDD, Bashir Ahmad Baba, told Kashmir Reader that the concerned officials must have maintained a list of recovery
But after finding out that no list has been maintained, he assured that an inventory will be maintained after every inspection raid, “so that the seized appliances will be kept safe in the store and no official in the PDD or anyone will get a chance to misuse it”.