Amid suffering huge damages worth Rs 300 Crores the Power Development Department Tuesday said that electricity supply to over 80 per cent flood hit Kashmir has been restored till date.
Sharing details, Bashir Ahmad Khan, Chief Engineer (CE) PDD told KNS, that the department is on toes to restore supply in the left out areas as soon as de-watering in these areas is complete. “Electricity supply to 80 percent flood hit areas has been restored and I think it will take two to three weeks to restore supply in the rest of the areas,” Khan said.
He told KNS that PDD has suffered huge damages to its power receiving stations, transformers, poles and transmission lines. “We have suffered Rs 300 Crore damages. 3000 distribution transformers are damaged and most of them were submerged under water. But 60 per cent of these damaged transformers can be repaired and rest will be replaced with the new ones,” Khan told KNS.
He said out of 229 power receiving stations 40 were submerged under flood waters and 214 have been charged and some 15 are still uncharged. Out of these 15, Khan said that de-watering has been concluded in some 5 to 6 receiving stations. “We have also received machinery and material for restoration of electricity supply. We have already distributed some 12000 electricity poles in areas where poles have been damaged by floods,” Khan told KNS.
Khan said that transmission lines are also damaged in various parts of the Valley especially in Shopian and Kakpora. He said there are still some areas like Rajbagh, Jawahir Nagar, Mehjoor Nagar, Kursoo, Lasjan, Padhshahi Bagh, Bemina, Tengpora and Hamdaneya Colony that are inundated and the PDD officials are working relentlessly to facilitate hassle free electricity to these areas.
In Srinagar Khan said 75 per cent, Shopian 90 per cent, Pulwama 85 per cent, Islamabad 90 per cent, Kulgam 90 per cent, Bandipore 85 per cent, Ganderbal 95 per cent, Baramulla 95 per cent, Kupwara 95 per cent and Budgam 95 per cent electricity have been restored. Khan said that electricity supply has been supplied to hospitals in Srinagar and it has been essentially done to restore water supplies to these healthcare institutions.