SRINAGAR People are up in arms against power development department (PDD) in several areas of Srinagar city for continuous power outages due to damaged and low capacity transformers. The residents from Gada Bagh, Sheikh Dawood Colony Batmaloo and Ranger Masjid Hawal of the city alleged that department is adopting delaying tactics in repairing the defunct transformers and restoring electricity. The residents of Sector (B) of Shiekh Dawood Colony said the area is reeling under darkness from past four years with frequent power cuts and low voltage. President of Mohalla Committee, Mohammad Aslam said they are facing inconvenience as PDD failed to install the additional transformer in the area.
“There is already a 630 KV transformer installed in the area which always remains out of order due to overloading. From past four years, the government has failed to install a new transformer which will suffice our needs,” he said. He said that former Chief Engineer of PDD has sanctioned an additional 250 KV substation including laying of HT/LT net of critically overloaded 630 KV transformer along with site plan. “Around Rs 9.58 lakhs have been estimated as expenditure but except assurances, nothing has changed on the ground so far,” Aslam said. The residents of Gada Bagh area of Aiwa Kadal are also facing the same problem. “The 250 KV transformer installed in the area is feeding around 85 households and cannot bear the load of the consumers with the result transformer gets damaged after every 15 days,” they said. The residents said that they approached the concerned authorities for providing them 400 KV transformer instead of 250 KV.
“But nothing has been done so far,” said Abdul Gafar, a local resident. He said the existing 250 KV transformer was allotted for 40 households. “But now the population increases which creates heavy load on transformer and it gets damaged frequently,” he said. The residents of Rangar Masjid Hawal are also facing scarcity of electricity and unscheduled and frequent power cuts that has made the life of residents miserable. The people alleged that though the schedule of the electricity in winter is 3 hours but they are being deprived of scheduled supply and frequent cuts have disturbed the locality. The residents request to install another transformer in the area as the existing one has immense load. Locals alleged that they have approached the concerned authorities many times but the officials are turning a deaf ear to their issues. When contacted, Chief Engineer of PDD Hashmat Qazi said that these areas are being supplied electricity from 630 KV transformers which are capable to bear the load of these areas and there is no need of another transformer.