AMID METERING ‘EXTRAVAGANCE’, FRAGILE POWER NETWORK HAUNTS SRINAGARITES AGAIN

Srinagar, Nov 9: On November 5, in less than three months, it was again a close shave for the residents of Soura when a deadly high tension line collapsed in this north City area. Like the previou...

Srinagar, Nov 9: On November 5, in less than three months, it was again a close shave for the residents of Soura when a deadly high tension line collapsed in this north City area. Like the previous incident, the line snapped during night hours otherwise it could have proved disastrous.
 The residents of Dawood Colony Soura are up in arms against the Power Development Department (PDD) over the issue. "Why doesn't the PDD properly revamp the network or is it solely concentrating on metering?" the residents asked.
 Earlier this year in August, a deadly transmission line snapped in the Soura colony landing straight on the main road.
 Anger is brewing among the locals who had often appealed the PDD to get the transmission network revamped in the area. The locals have been pleading that the transmission lines hang so close to the road that anyone who raises his arm high was feared to get electrocuted.
 Commenting over the latest incident, concerned Executive Engineer PDD Aijaz Khan said the line was repaired instantly by his squads and that now "there were no issues".
 But Soura locality is not alone. On August 17, the residents of Parray Kocha Sonawar had a similar narrow escape when the power lines collapsed there. The residents had been seeking repairs of the "decaying power network."
 "But instead of replacing the decayed poles and wires with fresh ones, the PDD Babus have gone for temporary repairs, which may prove disastrous," the locals said adding the transmission lines continue to spark on the "rotten poles."
 On November 7, fire damaged at least three houses in Maharaja Bazar while residents said fragile power network could be a cause of the blaze. They said the electric pole near the spot was full of "messy wires" and could have triggered the spark.
 The scene in old City looks more pathetic as the congested localities are fed by allegedly fragile transmission lines running on old wooden poles, which look overcrowded with wires.
 The ruling National Conference-led coalition has often been accused of ignoring Srinagar on developmental front by "wasting money on illogical works."
 At a time when the power network in Srinagar is allegedly fragile particularly in densely populated Shaher-e-Khaas, the coalition government has been seemingly hell-bent on re-metering of already metered areas in the civil lines.
 Though the civil society raised eyebrows over expenditure of millions of rupees on the replacement of electronic meters with fresh ones, there has been no response from the government.
 The civil society has been saying that the meters installed during the previous NC regime were replaced in the present regime. 

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