Fragile power network risks another Dar Mohalla

Why PDD prefers investment in re-metering over public safety, ask residents

SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI

Srinagar, June 21: With the ruling coalition government preferring “controversial” investment worth millions in fresh metering of the already metered areas in Srinagar, the fragile power transmission network, which awaits upgradation for years, continues to risk life and property of people.
 Take the case of Dar Mohalla Soura. The power transmission network is so messy that the live wires hang just eight to ten feet above the ground.  This means, a tall person or a vehicle can anytime end up in a deadly shock.
 The transmission wires not only hang low, but the electric poles too are in a dilapidated condition. Similar holds true for Dar Mohalla Nigeen.
 The Power Development Department (PDD) officials have been saying that there was shortage of resources to revamp the network.
 But this, as per observers, raises a simple question: Why PDD, during the present National Conference led regime preferred to spend millions on fresh metering of the areas where the meters had been installed during the previous NC regime, which ended in 2002.
 Pertinently the civil society groups like Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS) have been smelling rat in the re-metering and had even demanded probe.
 “But the ruling coalition while paying no heed to public concerns went ahead with the re-metering, which any sensible citizen will always doubt given the shady past of power pacts,” said a KCSDS member.
 The power consumers in Srinagar, wherefrom the ruling National Conference bagged all the eight Assembly constituency seats and holds the power ministry, have been accusing the coalition of paying no heed towards the risk to the life and property of the people because of the “weird transmission network”.
 In the past three odd years, the PDD spent millions on replacing already installed electronic meters with the new ones triggering resentment from the public quarters over “wastage of public money.”

Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST




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