SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Power Transmission Corporation Limited (JKPTCL) has restored Mirbazar-Kulgam transmission line in record time.
As per the officials of JKPTCL, the 132 kV Mirbazar-Kulgam Transmission Line suffered an outage due to heavy and rapid snowfall during the intervening night of February 22 and February 23, 2022.
“The heavy snowfall resulted in damage to five towers of the Transmission Line and consequently power supply to Kulgam and adjoining areas was cut off. The Transmission line is 12 Km long and has 48 Towers in all,” they said.
According to officials soon after the damages, restoration measures were taken up in hand by the J&K Power Transmission Corporation and temporary restoration was completed in four days.
“The input power supply at 132 kV level to 100 MVA Kulgam Grid Sub-Station has been restored. The quick restoration was possible only due to availability of ERS (Emergency Restoration Systems) and other key materials and the hectic efforts of the Engineers and the workers of the corporation,” they said.
“The “Emergency Restoration System” is a specialized temporary tower mechanism imported from Canada,” they added.
“The ERS has been procured by JKPTCL to meet any eventuality that results in damage to Transmission Towers. In absence of the ERS, the temporary restoration of Mirbazar-Kulgam Transmission Line would have taken at least two months and would have put the people of Kulgam and adjoining areas to severe hardships. It is for the first time in the UT of J&K that 120 feet high ERS has been used for a temporary restoration,” said the officials.
“Emergency Restoration Systems (ERS) are modular aluminium towers, used to quickly restore power on damaged transmission lines (during the heavy snowfall, landslides, wind storms and floods) as well as to facilitate scheduled maintenance work with minimal power interruption,” they said, adding that the ERS is a quick, efficient and safe tool for all transmission lines and can be installed without a concrete foundation or heavy equipment.
“It can be dismantled a number of times and moved to different sites as per the requirement. Keeping in view, the climatic conditions in the UT, Jammu and Kashmir Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (JKPTCL) has procured 10 sets of ERS manufactured by M/S SBB Canada, which is a leading manufacturer worldwide,” they further added.
“The ERS has been used for various transmission lines of Kashmir and Jammu and has resulted in quick restoration of transmission lines with minimal disruption of power,” said the officials.