Snow causes fault in electricity feeders

The snowfall since Sunday evening caused faults in several feeder lines in Kashmir leading to power outages in many areas.

“On Sunday evening we were supplying an estimated 95 percent of the power supply, which on Monday morning had dipped to around 50 percent due to snags in many 11-KV and 33-KV feeders across the Kashmir region,” said Chief Engineer, KPDCL, Aijaz Ahmad Dar.

“However, due to strenuous efforts of our staff, till 5 PM we had restored all 33-KV feeders across the Kashmir division and only 45 out of 951 11-KV feeders are (now) under repairs.”

He said that by evening they were supplying 1255 Megawatts against the restricted demand of 1450 MW.  “At 7 am our supply had come down to around 600 Megawatts due to faults in these feeders.”

Managing Director, KPDCL, Aijaz Asad said the department is working hard to ensure supply of power as per schedule. “Despite our feeders suffering damage, we ensured their repair and recharge within 24-hours, which was possible only because we had prepared ourselves earlier on the instructions of Lieutenant Governor.”

He said that KPDCL has kept buffer stock of 1500 distribution transformers and in rural areas, repair of damaged transformers is being done in 48-hours and in urban areas in 24-hours. MD KDPCL urged people to register their grievances regarding power on the helplines issued by the KPDCL.

Meanwhile, sources said that many rural areas are facing power outages due to snowfall. Most affected is South Kashmir which has received heavy snowfall.