A north Kashmir village caught in between lockdown and darkness

SRINAGAR: Barely a week after electricity was restored to them following 15-days prolonged darkness they had been plunged into, the 100 KV transformer in Astan Mohalla of Bandi Payeen area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, on Thursday again developed a snag.

Locals said in five months it is the seventh time that the transformer has developed a snag and leaving the village under darkness.

Defunct transformer at Bandipayeen

“First time the transformer went defunct in the month of January this year. After the contribution of some amount in the village, we transported the transformer to the PDD workshop. After a gap of 15 days, officials repaired the transformer and installed it in the village but after functioning just a few days it developed some technical snag and went defunct. People again contributed some money and took the transformer to the workshop, there officials took 15 days to repair the transformer. But after functioning for a week, transformer went defunct again,” they said.

“The transformer was once again brought for installation on May 23. But yesterday it again went dud,” they added.

The residents said it has become a usual event in the locality that the transfer develops some snag.

“We many times requested PDD authorities to replace the low capacity transformer of the village with a high one, so that it can bear the load of all households of the village but all in vain as our pleas fell on deaf ears,” they said.

Locals said that during the past five months they have received electricity for only 20 days but are made to pay the full electricity bills by the PDD.

The residents appealed Chief Engineer PDD to look into the matter.

When contacted Superintending Engineer PDD Baramulla, Muneer Ahmad said the issue of the transformer will be resolved on priority and advised residents to visit his office.

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