Residential areas, markets in Srinagar without electricity; complete blackout in north and south Kashmir for past 3 days
Srinagar: The heavy snowfall on Thursday has resulted in power breakdown in the entire Kashmir Valley, including in Srinagar city. The main residential areas of Srinagar were without power supply till late Friday evening when last reports came in.
Localities including Batamaloo, Mominabad, Magarmal Bagh, Chanapora, Nowgam, Aaribagh, Bagh-e-Mehtab, Dalgate, Balgarden, Eidgah, Mehjoor Nagar, Kursu Padshahi Bagh and several others had been facing frequent power cuts since Wednesday evening, when a fresh spell of snowfall began. The power cuts grew worse on Thursday and by Friday the supply was completely gone in all these areas.
Main market places like Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Balgarden, Habba Kadal, Babbarshah, Muniwarabad, Saraibala, Amira Kadal, Haft Chinar, Alochi Bagh and Solina were also without power on Friday.
In north Kashmir, locals complained of complete blackout since three days ago. They said electricity supply was cut due to some fault in the 33 KV transmission lines. The lines had not been restored till last reports came in on Friday evening.
Residents of several villages of Bandipora and Baramulla told Kashmir Reader that power lines in most areas have been damaged. They said that many villages in Bandipora and in frontier district Kupwara are without power supply since Saturday morning.
The situation was the same in south Kashmir, where the 33KV transmission line in Kulgam and Shopian districts was damaged by snowfall. All the four districts of south Kashmir – Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian and Kulgam – are without electricity for the past three days.
In Shopian, snowfall damaged dedicated transmission lines supplying power to hospitals. “Hospitals were affected because the dedicated line which supplies electricity to them and other emergency services witnessed continuous fluctuation,” said staff at the district hospital.
Chief Engineer of Power Development Department (PDD) Hashmat Qazi said that the power shutdown in the valley was due to fault in 11KV and 33KV supply lines following heavy snowfall. He said that electricity supply had been restored in most parts by Friday evening.
“The snowfall has affected many 11KV supply lines and some 33 KV lines in most parts of Kashmir. However, we are hopeful that power supply will be restored as our employees are on job to repair the damaged lines,” he told Kashmir Reader.
According to him, the power department is facing some major faults in supply lines due to trees falling on them and damage caused to insulators.
“Some areas of south Kashmir were badly affected due to avalanches which damaged the supply lines. We are facing some hardships as we were unable to restore 11 KV lines in these areas. However, our people are on job to restore electricity,” he said.