Hajin: The residents of Mir Mohalla Hajin of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district expressed anger against the Power Development Department (PDD) for installing a low capacity 100 KV transformer for hundreds of households instead of 250KV required for the locality.
The aggrieved residents told Kashmir Reader said that their transformer was damaged around third time in last fifteen days and authorities don’t bother to install the 250 KV transformer for a permanent solution to the problem.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, a local Zahoor Ahmad said that the first time transformer developed snag in December last year.
After pooling money in the locality, we transported the damaged transformer to PDD workshop in Sumbal.After a gap of 24 days officials repaired the transformer and installed in the area but after functioning for just 1 hour it again developed snag and went defunct. Again people collected money and transported the damaged transformer to PDD office.”
They added that after few days it was repaired and was installed in the area but again it got damaged within the minutes after its installation for the third time in the row. “Since then neither it has been repaired nor authorities are taking any interest to install a new transformer,” he said.
Another local Mehraj u din said that locality is reeling under darkness since last month and PDD officials are least bothered to install a new transformer with high capacity, despite knowing that the existing one cannot afford the load of hundreds of households.
The resident of the area has threatened to hit the streets if the authorities failed to fulfil their guanine demands.
Senior PDD official Mohammad Dilwar told Kashmir Reader that the transformer would be installed in two days in the area. However, he said that transformer develops snag frequently due to the usage of motors, boilers, heaters and other high voltage electricity gadgets.
He also said that a high capacity transformer will be installed in locality soon.