Sadam Hussain Pandow
Budgam: Residents of Budgam’s Khandah village are eagerly waiting for the installation of a 100KV transformer power transformer for which the pedestal has been erected three months back.
Residents alleged that despite the ground work the Power Development Department has failed to install the transformer for mysterious reasons.
“We have complained umpteen times to authorities to fix the problem but they paid no heed regarding this issue,” a resident of the Andarangan Mohalla, where the transformer is to installed said.
Residents said that currently they receive a poor power supply from a distant transformer that “merely the illuminates the lamps”.
Mir Mehdi, a local resident said that the authorities had allotted three transformers to three villages, of which two have been installed, but the one for Andarangan Mohalla is pending since January. The PDD has fixed wires and erected iron poles months ago but the space was waiting for transformer since.
The villagers appealed the concerned authorities and local legislator Javaid Mustafa Mir to fix the issue at the earliest, failing which they would go for indefinite strike on the main road.
Officials, Kashmir Reader talked to, gave differing explanations for the problem. Executive Engineer, Nasrullah said the transformer was “under approval” but due to insufficient funds the installation was pending.
He said the transformer would be installed after allocation of funds.
The concerned Junior Engineer, however, suggested the residents need to meet and fix the issue with their legislator.
He said that if the legislators allows, they would install the transformer soon, for which the funds would otherwise lapse.