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PDD's 'mischief' pushes huge population into darkness in Budgam
Shifts 10 MVA transformer from Budgam to Anantnag
5/17/2018 11:00:41 PM
Jehangir Rashid

Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, May 17: A huge population consisting of around one lakh souls living in about 100 villages in Central Kashmir's Budgam district has been 'discriminated' by the Power Development Department (PDD) thus leading to problems for them on energy front.
These villages plunged into darkness on Wednesday (May 16) after one of the transformers put in place at Budgam grid station developed a fault and same was not rectified when last reports came in. The huge population faced numerous difficulties due to power breakdown more so as the holy month of Ramadan got underway today.
A group of locals while sharing their views with Early Times said that the power breakdown occurred due to the overloading of the 10 MVA transformers installed at Budgam grid station on Wednesday afternoon. The overloading of the transformer led to power breakdown with the concerned department taking ages to rectify the error.
The locals said that they have been discriminated by the PDD since one of the two 10 MVA transformers was lifted from the Budgam grid station to somewhere in South Kashmir's Anantnag district. The lifting of the transformer took place during a night some two months back with people having no feel about the same.
"As one of the transformers was lifted from the grid station the whole load of the Budgam villages was put on the solitary transformer at the grid station.
This has led to the tripping of the transformer on many occasions in the past two months.
The same problem got repeated yesterday with around 100 villages plunging into darkness," said locals.
The locals said that PDD wants some of the villages to get connected with the Waterhail grid station adding that same would lead to numerous problems for the people living in these villages. They said that the concerned department instead of taking corrective measures wants to put people living in these villages to multiple problems.
"If we get connected with the Waterhail grid station then there would be frequent disruption in the power supply. This problem would be glaring in the winter and as such we would not have round the clock power supply in winter. The Budgam grid station is near to us and any deviation would not be good for us," said locals.
The locals said that PDD should immediately install 10 MVA transformer at Budgam grid station so that their problems get solved. They said that installing 6 MVA transformer for negligible population is equivalent to adding insult to the injury adding that equitable distribution of load should be given serious thought.
The villages that are suffering due to the PDD 'mischief' include Jawalapora, Sendipora, Gojra, Udipora, Hillmission, Sholipora, Waterwani, Nasrullahpora, Dadina, Paller, Johama, Patwawe, Hardwail, Arna, Sialkote and Akerwail.
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