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Irresponsible district administration, PDD put lives of thousands at risk in Budgam village
High tension, transmission lines run through Jawalapora village
1/29/2019 11:00:39 PM
Jehangir Rashid

Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Jan 29: Inapt planning and lack of application of mind by the people at helm have always played havoc with the human habitation in Jammu & Kashmir and many cases lives of people are put to risk.
A perfect example of mismanagement in this regard is the power distribution system in Central Kashmir's Budgam district. Despite the objections of the locals the Power Development Department (PDD) ensured that a powerful high tension line is erected in a village thus posing risk to lives of thousands of persons.
Thousands of residents of Jawalapora village live under constant fear since two power lines are running very close to one another. The 33,000 KV high tension line is lying close to 11,000 KV transmission line and there is hardly a gap of one foot between the two lines.
A group of villagers while sharing their views with Early Times said that despite the hazards associated with the erection of two transmission lines the authorities have remained unmoved. They said that no step has been taken to shift the two lines and as such the lives of the villagers continue to be at risk. "Despite the risks associated with the erection of two power lines the authorities continue to be indifferent. The district administration is in slumber and despite requesting for shifting of two lines no step has been taken so far. It seems that they are waiting for some tragedy to take place and only then they will react," said the villagers.
The villagers said that they raised objections more than one year back when the 33,000 KV high tension line was erected in their village. They said the officials at that time had promised that the line would be shifted soon adding that no such step has been taken by the concerned department so far.
"The 33,000 KV high tension line connects the Budgam area with the Waterhail grid station while as the 11,000 KV transmission line is meant for our village only. Since both the lines run through the village one cannot rule out a great tragedy if these lines touch each other since they are located at a gap of a feet or so," said the residents.
The residents said that the local line staff of PDD had informed the higher ups of the department about the eventuality that can happen if the two lines touch each other in the Jawalapora village. They said the officers of PDD seem least bothered about the lives of the people living in the village since the requests of even their own officials have fallen on deaf ears.
"Many of our compatriots informed the office of Deputy Commissioner Budgam about the issue confronting us. It is highly unfortunate that Deputy Commissioner has failed to act in this matter and we have been left to fear for our lives. It is high time that necessary action is taken otherwise the village may wipe out in case the lines touch each other," said the residents.
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