SRINAGAR: The Power Development Department (PDD) claimed to have restored electricity supply on Sunday to most of the affected areas in Kashmir where heavy rain and snow on Saturday had damaged transmission lines.
Chief Engineer M&RE Hashmat Qazi told Kashmir Reader that except in Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag in south Kashmir, all damaged transmission infrastructure had been restored, while work on repair of distribution channels was going on.
“We have repaired the 33KV and 11KV transmission lines which were damaged. Repair of just the remaining one percent is underway and it will be complete by evening. We have successfully restored supply of electricity already,” Qazi said.
In Shopian, Anantnag, and Kulgam, Qazi said, some transmission towers were damaged which were being repaired. The repair, he said, will be complete in the next three days.
Saturday’s rain and snow brought in its wake Kashmir’s perennial problem of electricity outages due to damaged transmission and distribution infrastructure. Households had to utilise traditional sources of lighting and heating. Work in hospitals was impaired and patients had to suffer.
The damages to transmission lines, as per Qazi, had been caused by uprooted trees falling on the 33KV lines. Intermittent rainfall and heavy snowfall led to frequent faults in the distribution system, affecting supply in most parts of uptown and civil lines areas of Srinagar.
Qazi said that the two main trunk lines, including Centaur and TRC, coming from Chashma-Shahi had been broken after huge trees fell on them. He said that lines at Karan Nagar and BB Shah also came under falling trees at many places.
Due to the damages, he said, power supply had plummeted to 80 MW as against the normal 1,150 MW supplied.
In north Kashmir, where electricity to some areas is supplied from the Lower Jhelum Hydro Power Project, many supply lines were damaged due to snowfall. Thus, despite the fact that supply was available, electricity could not reach large areas.