HT transmission line running over Anantnag school poses threat to students

HT transmission line running over Anantnag school poses threat to students

Aantnag: Students at Government High School in Kamad area of Anantnag district are living dangerously with a high tension (HT) transmission line passing right over the school ground-posing immediate and long term threat to the children.
The Russian poplars in the vicinity increase the threat manifolds, in case of a bad weather. Besides, the pollen from these trees is also taking a toll on the health of the students.
One of the best schools in the area, the school located in Herpora area of Kamad is preferred by local students over many other schools in the area.
Recently, however, while providing electricity to a newly constructed residential area, the Power Development Department (PDD) laid 11 KVA transmission lines, without taking into consideration the safety of the school children.
“We are always worried for the safety of our children. They stand for prayers in the morning right beneath these lines. What if one of them falls down over our children? Won’t it be a catastrophe?” asked Abdul Rehman, one of the parents, Kashmir Reader talked to.
Other parents lamented that proximity to the high voltage transmission was a health hazard.
“It can badly damage their health for they spend several hours during the day under these lines,” Muhammad Shafi, another parent said. He added that the poplars in the vicinity were only an addition to the danger, apart from being a health hazard given the pollen it generates.
The villagers have time and again brought the issue to the notice of concerned authorities.
“Recently during the back to village meet we raised this issue before the district administration as well. But the authorities seem to be not bothered about the safety of our children,” the villagers told Kashmir Reader.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Anantnag, Abdul Roub Shad, said that his department has also brought the issue into the notice of the concerned authorities.
“We will remind them yet again,” Shad told Kashmir Reader.
The PDD meanwhile is seeking a letter from the Education department so that they can provide them with an estimate for relocation of poles.
“They will have to fund the relocation of the poles. They should write a letter to us so that we provide them with an estimate,” Executive Engineer PDD Anantnag, Khalil Najar, told Kashmir Reader.
While the departments write letter and estimates, the locals have their fingers crossed.