Rajpora grid station project left hanging for lack of transformer

Rajpora grid station project left hanging for lack of transformer
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Pulwama: More than a dozen villages in Rajpora belt of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district are facing power crisis due to a grid station at Gulshanabad area in Rajpora being left incomplete. Inhabitants from the area accuse the authorities of intentionally delaying work on the station.
The area is currently receiving its power supply from Shadimarg grid station, but due to the overload on the electricity lines, occurrence of snags is the norm of the day here, resulting in immense problems for the area’s inhabitants.
Danish Ahmad, a resident of Hajin village, told Kashmir Reader that the electricity voltage is so low that it has no worth for any use. “The government started work on a grid station in a nearby village years ago, but it has not made it operational till date, due to which we are facing problems, “he said.
An official from the Power Development Department (PDD) told Kashmir Reader that this project was started on an estimate cost of Rs 2.8 crores with captivity of 10 KVA but could not be completed due to the lack of funds.
The villages which were expected to receive their power supply from this project include Hanjin, Bellow, Kechipora, Sehpora and several other adjoining villages that currently face a power crisis both in terms of voltage and due to heavy curtailment.
Executive Engineer, PDD Pulwama, Feeroz Ahmad Wani told Kashmir Reader that they have completed almost 90 percent of the work on the project, but the main component is still pending, which is the transformer. “We have shortage of funds for buying transformer, else other works are almost complete and we have to pay advance payment for buying transformer,” he said while adding that they hope the project will be completed by the end of this year.