Unbroken Power Supply: Pleasant Surprise For People

Unbroken Power Supply: Pleasant Surprise For People

16 January 2012
Greater Kashmir
Javaid Malik

Srinagar: Despite most parts of the Kashmir Valley receiving unabated snowfall for more than 48-hours, government kept up its promise of providing power supply as per schedule in metered and non-metered areas. The second spell of snowfall started in the Valley on Saturday night and since then it has been snowing. “People were expecting that electricity will disappear as soon as the snowfall starts. However, no interruption in power supply surprised everyone,” said Farooq Ahmed of Jawahar Nagar. He said snowfall led to the increase in voltage and electricity not playing hide and seek helped people to fight chilly conditions. Ghulam Qadir Bakshi, 60, of Rajbagh area said, “It is for the first time in recent past that he had not seen any interruption in power supply despite heavy snowfall. Whenever Kashmir used to witness snowfall power used to disappear and winter usually used to be dark. This is unprecedented. I think we should give credit to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for taking personal interest to ensure that power remains. He flew from Jammu last time to ensure that power is restored. He stayed in the Valley till it was restored,” Bakshi said. A top official of the Power Development Department (PDD) said the PDD has been able to keep its distribution system intact as it has been snowing in central and north Kashmir. “All the transmission lines enter the Valley through south Kashmir, but south this time around didn’t receive heavy snowfall due to which lines remained intact. Last time transmission line in Pir Panjal Range developed a technical snag that too on other side and people from Jammu had to repair it not us,” the officer said. He said Kashmiri engineers are more trained than their counterparts in Jammu to repair faults during snowfall. Chief Engineer PDD Muhammad Muzaffar Matoo said that this time around his men were on high alert and quick action teams had been formed well in advance to respond to the situation. “Last time the transmission line coming from the northern grid had developed a technical snag that’s why it took sometime to rectify the fault. This time there has been no problem from other side,” he added. Matoo said that many faults did occur this time also but these were taken care off within no time. He said that on Sunday (January 15) PDD supplied 980 Megawatt of power. “This is what we supply during regular days also,” he added. Matoo said the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, monitored the situation personally. “It inspired my team to put in a whole hearted effort and with Allah’s grace we’ve succeeded and are hoping for the best,” he added. Reports from Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora in north Kashmir, Islamabad (Anantnag), Pulwama, Shopian in south Kashmir and other districts have revealed that the PDD has been providing electricity as per schedule in towns, but there have been some minor and major faults in villages. Situation in Srinagar is much better compared to last time as there have been no complaints of power shortage from any areas. Pertinently, government had drawn flak earlier this month when a few inches of snowfall had plunged entire Valley into darkness for nearly 72-hours.