Inquiry ordered; a disaster in waiting, say locals
Bandipora: At least four under construction power transmission towers have collapsed in Bandipora prompting an inquiry from the district administration.
The towers for the Bandipora-Badampora power line collapsed at different locations following heavy overnight snowfall.
“4 towers u/construction by M/S A2Z Infra Gurugram on turnkey basis damaged. Covered under contractor liability. Agency asked to complete all works in 3 week max. Chief Engg S&O supervising it will conduct enquiry,” Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahid Choudary tweeted.
The collapse has raised concern in the district, not only about the quality of work, but also about its potential to rake a disaster.
The work on the project connecting the transmission line from Pautshay Grid station in Bandipora to Badampora in Ganderbal is being carried out by System and Operation wing Kashmir.
The work on the grid station was started in 2009 under the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s PMRP Plan.
However, the slow pace of work on the project delayed the construction for almost a decade with works still going on in 2019.
The local residents have clung their hopes on the long pending project- which has missed several deadlines – to help it come out of the power deep power crisis.
The collapse of the towers has raised concern among the locals who on Thursday questioned the “quality of work being carried in executing the project on ‘fast track basis’.
“The transmission line passes over many settlements and the collapse could have proven a great tragedy now or in future when or if the wires were live,” locals said.
Sharing details earlier on Twitter, the deputy commissioner said that “40 per cent construction was done between May 2018 to Jan 2019, with all land disputes, and RoW issues resolved.”