5 years on, solar power plant at SDH Pampore defunct

5 years on, solar power plant at SDH Pampore defunct
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PAMPORE: The 15 KW solar power plant is lying defunct at Sub District hospital Pampore for last five years.
The solar plant was installed in the hospital in November 2012, but it developed snag in six months only.
Block Medical Officer Dr Bilques Shah admitted that power plant remained functional for just six months after it was installed.
She also said that her office had several times written to District officer, Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JKEDA) for turning power plant functional and shift it to the rooftop of newly constructed IPD block of the hospital.
“It started to develop technical snags soon after it was set up. When the snag was fixed it occurred again and the system continued till some time, later turned defunct,” she said, adding that the plant should be shifted in order to clear space for the vehicles.
She said that it just remained operational for six months only and in charge electrician in the hospital said that the plant only provided lighting to the hospital for a limited time period only.
JKEDA officials told Kashmir Reader that the plant was supposed to be shifted on the rooftop but it requires further expenditure costs.
“We had given an estimate to the hospital but they failed to arrange funds. That is the reason plant is in such condition,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention that to save electricity and promote solar power projects the governments had installed solar power systems in health institutions across Kashmir.