TANGMARG: Old transmission lines pose threat to lives,lead to power shortage

AHMAD KASHMIRI

Tangmarg, Jan 3: Many villages receiving electricity from Kunzar-grid here in north Kashmir are facing acute power shortage due to deterioration of the transmission infrastructure.
 Residents of Bongam, Ketchmatipora, Gonipora, Soipora, Batpora, Manglora, Lalpora, Wussan, Dhobiwan, Waripora, Utikoo, Barzulla, Pinjura, Goigam, Hardebani, Kunzar, Chanpora, Gokhama, Devbugh, Gofabal, Katjan, Awlara, Mulgam, Kralweth and Beeyawah said that since the inception of these transmission lines hardly any repairs have been done. In most villages at many places the electric wires have been made to pass through trees and tied with residential houses. The wires are decayed and fall only with a few inches of snowfall.

TANGMARG 
 The condition of the transmission lines and poles receiving power supply from the grid stations of Tangmarg area is no better. The dilapidated condition of electricity transmission infrastructure in villages, Qazipora, Katipora, Hajibal, Waripora, Ichloo, Khimanderpora, Ratnipora, Zaspora, Reshipora, Maddam, Sulindah, Hardeshoora needs utmost attention of PDD.
 Pertinently, a few days back people had narrow escape when an HT Line fell down at Ichloo village creating panic in the area.
 The condition of power supply and transmission lines and poles in the far-flung villages of Tangmarg near BabaReshi is also pathetic.
 Residents of Chuntipathri, Namblinaar, Alpathri and Pandoori said the lines pass over trees instead of electric poles posing threat to the passers by and the populace of the area. The tale of southern villages viz Traren, Druroo,Rarem, Shrai, Tumberhama, Kulhama, Darhama, Chandil-Wanigam, Gangibaba etc is no better.

DANGEROUS HT LINES
 The High Tension Transmission lines (HT) in Kunzar and Tangmarg areas have been posing a major threat to the lives and the property of the residents. The HT line passing through villages Gofabal, Devbugh and Awlara upto Kralweth passes over the residential houses in these villages. These wires pose anytime threat to the lives of the people staying in these villages. 
 “There have been short circuits to the Kralweth HT line passing through Gofabal many times, we experience bangs of short circuit during nights at that time our children run out of the houses due to fear and threat” said Naseer Ahmad Dar, of Gofabal village. “This area got power supply in 1965, since then  wires and wooden poles continue to be the same. The HT Line from Kunzar to Kralweth is a big danger to the people as its wooden poles are damaged.” Said Bashir Ahmad Ganai, of Kralweth village. “We have apprised the PDD authorities time and again about the grim situation with the request to align this HT Line to safeguard the lives and the property of the residents but so for no heed has been paid to our demand,” said the residents.
 Another HT Line passing through Batpora near Kunzar has been a cause of concern for the villagers and the school teachers as it has a widened the gap between the two consecutive poles near Govt. Middle School Batpora. Due to this wide gap the HT Line is posing a threat to the children of the said school. “Whenever there is a wind or rain, the lines touch the branches and extend flames of fire,” said Muzaffar Hussain a local teacher.  
 Yet another HT Line passing through Chakthan-Chanpora near Chandilora poses threat as it is aligned closely with Govt Middle School Chacthan-Chanpora.  

REPAIRS 
 In most villages no repairs have been done since the Rural Electrification (RE) Scheme was launched decades before. The population and the topographical scenario of the residential areas have got changed largely since then. Residents and experts feel the dire need of removal and substitution of portable wires, electric poles and other infrastructure in almost all the villages of Tangmarg.
 People this winter expect the repairs of damaged and deteriorated infrastructure. Residents of Chanapora village near Kunzar told Greater Kashmir that the wires in the village have deteriorated.
 They said they fail to understand that PDD had not enlisted this village for the repairs to be undertaken in near future while as some comparatively-portable wire, that was preserved after the alignment of the HT Line from Kunzar Chanpora bridge to either side, is lying preserved in the village but despite repeated requests, the PDD officials are in no mood to use this wire for replacing the deteriorated wire in the village.
 Meanwhile, PDD sources wishing not to be named told that the newly installed 10-MVA Transformers at Kunzar Grid needs proper technical installation for avoiding any failure and power  interruptions due to the lack of needed installation infrastructure.

PDD SPEAKS
 When contacted, Irshad Ahmad, Executive Engineer, Special Electrical Division Tangmarg told Greater Kashmir that they are starting the repair work in some areas in near future. He, however, denied that there was any portable wire lying preserved in Chanpora village near Kunzar. Regarding the danger HT Lines he told that the owners of the residential houses have not sought any permission from Government and have randomly constructed residential houses beneath the HT Lines. When asked whether the PDD had any plans to align or shift these HT Lines, he said that there were no such plans in vogue at present.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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