Omar gets power supply to his house, VIP areas disconnected

Omar gets power supply to his house, VIP areas disconnected

7 January 2012
The Daily Excelsior


Srinagar: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today ordered disconnection of power supply to his residential house and other VIP areas from the essential service feeder and directed the Power Development Department (PDD) not to make any preference in supplying electricity to VIP areas when the power supply to entire Kashmir valley is disrupted as a result of snowfall. When the Chief Minister reached his Gupkar residence soon after arrival from Jammu, he found that electricity was on in his house and nearby VIP areas while as the same was not available in other parts of the Kashmir valley. He immediately directed disconnection of power supply to his residential house and these VIPs areas till the restoration of electricity supply to entire Valley. Stating that there must be no islands of light while more areas are in darkness, the Chief Minister directed PDD to give preference to hospitals and essential installations in supplying electricity till damage caused to transmission lines as a result of snowfall is repaired and electricity is restored back. It is for the first time that the Chief Minister has preferred similar treatment with regard to power supply to his residential house as given to other parts of the Valley at the time of minimum supply of power caused in sequel to damage caused to transmission lines because of snowfall. The Chief Minister rushed to the Power Development Department Headquarters at Bemina and received first hand appraisal of the damages caused to power installations due to heavy snowfall. He also received the status of restoration operation initiated by the Power Development Department to restore the power supply in the Valley. He was informed that due to unprecedented snowfall in Pir Panjal mountain ranges, a fault has been developed on Kishanpur-Wagoora Transmission Line at Pogal Paristan and a chopper has been kept stand by to fly system engineers as soon as weather permits. The Chief Minister was informed that as many as 15 grid stations have been affected by the snowfall in the Valley besides damaging transmission lines at five places including one at Chenani. It was stated that restoration work is being done on war footing as per the directions of the Chief Minister and transmission line has been restored at two places while the work is going on for correcting the damages at other places. The Chief Minister was told that his directions with regard to the supply of power to hospitals and other essential installations are being adhered to and power available at present is being supplied to the hospitals and other essential services. Mr Omar directed the Power Development Department to put in redoubled efforts to ensure speedy restoration of power supply in the Valley. He also received brief about the snow clearance on various roads and highways and functioning of PHE schemes besides availability of essential commodities, LPG, fuel and kerosene oil at a meeting of officers. The Chief Minister was informed that the snow has been cleared on all highways and district roads and the operation is in full swing on the interior roads. He was informed that PHE installations have been made functional and there is sufficient stock of essentials and fuel in the Valley. He asked the divisional administration to keep men and machinery alert across the Valley to face the challenges of weather and other eventualities. Minister of State for R&B, Javed Ahmad Dar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B B Vyas, Principal Secretary R&B, K B Agarwal, Principal Secretary Power Development Department, Sudhanshu Pandey, Additional Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, IGP, Kashmir, Chief Engineers of R&B, PHE, Mechanical, PDD and various other engineering wings were present in meeting besides senior officers. Meanwhile, special team of officers deputed by the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah visited various essential installations in Baramulla and Uri and monitored the restoration of electricity particularly to hospitals, PHE and other essential installations. The special team comprised Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B B Vyas, Principal Secretary Power, Sudhanshu Panday, Principal Secretary R&B, K B Agarwal and other senior officers. The Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla briefed the special team about the restoration measures being taken by the administration.