Power failure paralyzes life in Kishtwar
Govt, NHPC unmoved
Kishtwar, May 25: Normal life in this mountainous district remained paralyzed for the seventh consecutive day Tuesday in absence of power supply that was snapped a week ago after 132 KV line tower collapsed at Pul Doda due to heavy rains.
Ironically, the district, which houses 450-Megawatt Dul Husti Power Project is reeling under darkness for a week now.
The entire district and parts of Doda were plunged into darkness following collapse of 132 KV tower due to heavy rains and storm on May 19. “Both the district administration and National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), which maintains the transmission line, have failed to fulfill their commitment of restoring power within 24-hours,” locals said.
Snapping of transmission lines has hit other essential services, including water supply and health services.
Sources in the NHPC told Greater Kashmir that a temporary arrangement was earlier suggested for restoring the power supply but the same was turned down for technical reasons. “The work on the construction of the tower is underway and the electricity is likely to be resorted by June 1”, official sources said.
Meanwhile, senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and MLC Sayeed Asgar Ali threatened to launch an agitation, if government failed to restore power supply.
“Several days have passed but nothing has been done so far to restore the power supply”, he said in a statement.
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 May 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 May 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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