Kulgam: A technical snag in the Mir Bazar grid station has plunged more than 400 villages and towns in south Kashmir into darkness since four days though the authorities say they were working hard to restore power in the affected areas.
Official sources said that a 55 MVA-capacity transformer developed technical faults on 20 January, due to which dozens of receiving stations in south Kashmir districts have no electricity, leaving towns and villages in these areas in complete darkness after nightfall.
The heavy curtailment has adversely affected normal life here in this bone-chilling winter season. Sources from district Anantnag said that about 100 villages are in complete darkness since last Saturday while all 223 villages were affected in Shopian, around 60 in Pulwama and 140 in Kulgam.
Anantnag resident Muhammad Shafat said that the electricity failure had not only put the area into darkness but had also affected the area’s water supply. “There must be alternative means for restoration of electricity, but unfortunately our government never bothered to provide better power supply to the locals and chose instead to supply it to parts of India,” he said.
Locals from Shopian said that the authorities failed to provide even an hour of power supply during these days, which has not only irked the residents but has badly affected shopkeepers and local businessmen. “Curtailment of electricity in district Shopian was higher than in other parts of the Valley, but from the past three days they didn’t provide even one hour of power,” Majid Manzoor Malik, a resident of main town Shopian, said.
According to official figures, 48 receiving stations were affected due to the snag in the Mir Bazar transformer, which includes 37 in Anantnag and Kulgam, all seven in Shopian and four in Pulwama. The technical damages in the grid station have put the lives of 20 lakh south Kashmir inhabitants out of gear.
Residents from the districts said that several water supply schemes were almost dysfunctional due to the power crisis, which has raised the water crisis too.
Superintending Engineer PDD circle Pulwama/Shopian, Lateef Ahmad Shah told Kashmir Reader that the damaged transformer will be replaced with a new one by Saturday. “Due to the snag in Mir Bazar transformer, the whole of district Shopian was affected and four receiving stations in district Pulwama. We are providing 30 percent supply instead of normal schedule and we have expectations that the scheduled electricity will be restored soon,” he said.
Superintending Engineer PDD circle Anantnag/Kulgam Ghulam Rasool Khanday said that 37 receiving stations were affected due to the transformer damage at Mir-Bazar grid station. “It will take two more days to install the new transformer. Transformer has reached there, and we are now unloading the old one. Tomorrow we will do filtration, and by Thursday evening the power supply will be restored,” Khanday said.
He admitted that the majority of south Kashmir areas were badly affected due to the snag in the 55MVA transformer.
The Mir Bazar 220/132 KV grid station has a 320 MVA capacity, which feeds the majority of the receiving stations in south Kashmir.