The untimely snowfall of November 7 inflicted huge damage to power distribution and transmission infrastructure across Kashmir. Officials in Power department said that it cost them over Rs 22 crore to replace the infrastructure in order to restore electricity in the Valley.
After the early November snowfall, Kashmir witnessed near total power failure which lasted for days. It took Power department 10 days for full restoration.
Talking to this newspaper, a senior official said that equipment worth crores was damaged in the heavy snowfall.
“The untimely snowfall inflicted huge damages to distribution as well as transmission infrastructure resulting in power failure. More than 5000 electricity poles were damaged in the snowfall. Besides, over 600 transformers were damaged which we had to fix and replace,” the official said.
“200 kilometres of conductor (electricity wires) were damaged. The temporary restoration cost the department around Rs 16 crores and later the cost escalated to Rs 20 crore to restore electricity across the Valley,” he said, adding that from engineers to need-based workers, everyone worked round the clock to restore electricity.
The officials from Transmission wing of Power department said that other than damage to infrastructure in Distribution system, power transmission system also witnessed major damage in transmission towers and transmission lines.
“As many as 15 transmission towers witnessed damage due to the November 7 snowfall. Among the 15 towers, 4 were fully damaged while 11 witnessed partial damage,” an official said.
“Transmission lines were damaged at 132 places and the department had to replace 40 kms of transmission line. The overall loss cost Rs 3 crore in transmission system,” he said.