SRINAGAR: The death of a labourer, 28 uninterrupted working days, and about 30 lakh rupees was the cost involved in restoring power supply in Pulwama and Shopian districts since November 3, when heavy snowfall damaged transmission lines.
Abdul Lateef, Superintendent Engineer of the Power Development Department (PDD) for the two districts, told Kashmir Reader that the power supply has been finally restored, which will enhance supply by many hours in these south Kashmir districts.
“Now the supply will be back from the original grids. We will supply about 142 MW of energy to them, which is slightly more than what was supplied before the disaster. This will enhance the daily supply,” he said.
“We lost a labourer, unfortunately, which affected the work for some days. He fell from a tower, and died on the spot. Apart from that, the work was going on uninterruptedly,” he added.
A top engineer from the system and operation wing of the PDD, which oversaw the work, told Kashmir Reader that work was suspended only for three days, due to the unfortunate death of the labourer and heavy rain on one day.
The snowfall on November 3 had damaged a major tower at Harnag, which supplies power to the two districts. Since then, the department struggled to supply power. A constant interruption in supply occurred due to the department having to work through the Pampore grid station, which is technically meant to supply power to Awantipora only. It could not handle the additional workload of two districts.
The department has now installed two towers in place of the one that was damaged. This will add strength to the supply lines. It has been done to mitigate any potential damage due to major snowfall. The Harnag tower, which earlier had resisted up to three feet of snow, could not resist on Nov 3 even three inches that damaged it.
“Technically, this tower was supposed to bear the snowfall, but failed. Now we have installed another one in addition, which will strength the supply lines. We will issue the curtailment schedule in coming days for the two districts,” another engineer acquainted with the development told Kashmir Reader.