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Electricity likely takes 12-15 days for restoration in Kishtwar, 2 days in Doda
6 NHPC transmission line tower collapsed due to snow fall
2/8/2019 11:26:21 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report
Jammu, Feb 8: In another failure of NHPC, despite withdrawing Crores on maintance of 132 KV transmission line by NHPC, it develops continuous fault since last several years as in this latest sequence of the event, at least six tower of 132 KV NHPC transmission line which is considered as life line for twin Districts of Doda and Kishtwar, electricity in Kishtwar and Doda districts remains suspended since last three days and is likely to take around two weeks for restoration in Kishtwar District and at least two days for Doda District causing lot of in convenience to the masses as both water lifting supply schemes that supplies water to over 70% population of Kishtwar town and its adjoining areas also remains suspended. The electricity problem also hit the student community who are preparing for various state level examination and tests.
As per the reports available with Early Times, five 132 KV transmission line tower collapsed in between Doda and Kishtwar grid including one at Seo Gwari while one tower in Batote area as result of which the electricity supply to 8 Lakh population was suspended by the TLMD Division Udhampur till the Clarence of the transmission line by the NHPC.
As per officials in PDD Kishtwar, the tower damage was reported after a heavy trees fall on the transmission line as a result of which five electricity tower got totally damaged while one also suffered damages. The officials said that the temporary power will be restored in next two to three days in Doda District while Kishtwar will take 12-14 days.
Though as per the agreement, the said transmission line was decided by the top level authorities to handover it to PDD, but the handover didn't take place as the transmission line was in bad condition and PDD demanded around 3.50 Crore which was not provided by the NHPC as this transmission line act as golden egg laying hens and presently is maintained by NHPC and develops one or other fault every year causing inconvenience to the people of Kishtwar District and its adjoining areas. Though the government of India accorded sanction to double circuit transmission line for Kishtwar under PMRP, but the same was yet to be completed even after the deadline for completion of the work on said transmission line expired in 2010. The people also questioned the working of NHPC and added that NHPC authorities fail to keep round the clock vigil on this transmission line so as to take precaution in advance. The people urge the government functionaries to expedite the work on 132 KV double circuit transmission line and fix the responsibility on the contractors as well as the staff members deputed by the department for the work on said transmission line. This transmission line after completion will provide electricity to Kishtwar grid from Baghliar HEP.
Due to collapse to the 132 KV NHPC transmission line, the construction work on 1000 MW Pakal-Dool Power project also got affected.
It is pertinent to mention that Kishtwar District is considered as hub of power projects as majority of power projects having the capacity of over 6000 MW are coming up in Kishtwar District including 1200 MW Budsar, 1000 MW Pakal-Dool, 850 MW Rattle, 590 MW Kirru, 590 MW Kwar and other power projects have already been identified by the government for execution or under execution, but despite such things Kishtwar District mostly remains without electricity due to regular technical snags in NHPC transmission line.
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