‘100% power supply
restoration to take 2 more days’
Srinagar, Jan 6:Braving heavy snow-
fall and cold temperature, around 5,000
employees of the Power department
are working tirelessly to restore electricity in Kashmir division
which has seen heavy damages to power
infrastructure due to three-day spell of snowfall.
According to Kashmir Power Development Corporation Lim-
ited, the full restoration of power supply in Kashmir will take
another 48 hours as many areas still continue to remain inacces-
sible where the KPDCL staff has to move by foot to reach those
towers located in upper reaches.
“Our staff and engineers are working hard as this spell of
snowfall caused damage to our transmission lines many times.
The situation was such that one day we were to repair the line,
the other day it would be off again due to continuous snowfall,”
said Chief Engineer, KPDCL, Aijaz Ahmad Dar.
“On Tuesday evening, our 850, 11 KV feeders were working
alright, but due to snowfall during night, in the morning today
energy supply had dipped to just 215 megawatts in comparison
to 1200 megawatts due to fault in 723 feeders during night.
“Today morning out of 951, 11 KV feeders, 723 have developed
snags. By evening we had restored 570 out of 723. Similarly our 13,
33 KV feeders are under restoration,” he said adding “our staff has
worked hard to ensure that faults are repaired within the shortest
possible time given the fact that there was continuous snowfall
since Sunday.” When asked about the time it would take to com-
plete all restoration works, the Chief Engineer said “It depends
on the weather, if it remains dry, then within 48 hours we would
be supplying 100 percent power supply in Kashmir division.”
“The problem we are facing is that the lines have been dam-
aged in some areas which are still inaccessible, our staff have
to reach there by foot carrying equipment for repairs, it will take
some time as upper reaches have received heavy snowfall.”
“Areas such as Daksum, Waltengo, DK Marg, upper belt of
Aishmuqam, Tangdhar etc. our teams are working out ways to
repair damages in these areas where there is minimum 3 to 4 feet
snowfall,” Dar said adding that despite all these challenges we
were able to restore 33 KV Tangdhar line today.
Regarding the reports of power outages in South and North
Kashmir, he said, “In South Kashmir we have restored 70 percent
power supply, by Thursday we will be able to restore 95 percent
power supply. While the power supply in north Kashmir is already
restored. However there may be some areas where there are local
faults such as transformer damage or snapping of lines, these will
also be repaired within a shorter span of time.”