BUDGAM: The residents of scores of tribal villages in Arizal area of Budgam have expressed dismay over the failure of the Power Development Department (PDD) to repair their electric transformers that developed various technical snags over three months ago.
They unanimously confirmed to Kashmir Reader that they have been living in never-ending darkness for the past three months due to the continued delay in the restoration of the transformers.
Zubair Ahmad Chohan, a local resident, told Kashmir Reader that the transformer in his village had developed some technical snag in the month of January and is yet to be repaired even after three months.
He added that the irony is that the concerned PDD officials did not ever bother to send the transformer for repairs to the workshop.
The village has about 60 households, and the entire community has been utterly electricity deprived. “We have been pushed into darkness by the officials and the employees of the power department,” they alleged.
They said that all houses in the village were facing problems owing to no electricity. “The 25 KV transformer is insufficient, and if repaired, it gets overloaded as there is always every possibility of damage to it due to overloading,” said one aggrieved local.
Similarly, the residents of Kateley, Dobapathri and Bhat Mohalla have also been living without electricity for a month.
The residents of Kateley village said that their 100 KV transformer had got damaged within a month of its repair. At present, the transformer is lying defunct on the ground, awaiting further repair.
They further said that the PDD employees were unmoved despite repeated requests from the people of the countryside. “Why don’t they install our transformer when it has been repaired?” they questioned.
Executive Engineer, PDD Budgam, Mohammed Hussain Shah when contacted assured that the transformers would soon be repaired on a priority basis.