Damaged in 2014 floods: Solar plant at Polytechnic College remains dysfunctional

Damaged in 2014 floods: Solar plant at Polytechnic College remains dysfunctional
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‘Govt to install new plant soon’

Fahim Matoo / Sadaf Shabir

SRINAGAR: Three years after the devastating 2014 floods damaged the Kashmir Government Polytechnic College’s 100-kilowatt solar plant, the facility is still defunct, prompting the college to cough up money for electricity.
The college’s Principal, Mir Altaf Hussain Shalla, told Kashmir Reader that they have informed the authorities concerned to make the facility functional again.
“But recently a team of engineers from Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) told us that the damage was beyond repair and it would incur huge money if repairs were attempted. Now they will install solar panels on the rooftop,” he said.
The solar plant was installed in the college a year before the massive deluge hit Kashmir in September 2014. It used to generate surplus electricity for the college.
The college not only lost the plant but also suffered massive damage to its infrastructure as floodwater had submerged two floors of its buildings.
“Before the floods, electricity was generated from the solar plant. Now we have to pay for electricity charges and for genset fuel,” Mir added.