50 villages in north Kashmir plunge into darkness after transmission line damaged

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Srinagar: At least 50 villages are reeling under darkness since early Tuesday morning after 33 KV transmission line suffered damage in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

According to reports, 33 KV transmission line, two poles (Steel tublor frame) fell down in Gingal area of Uri.

The 33 KV transmission line which originates from Lower Jehlum Hydroelectric Power Project (LJHP) in Challan Boniyar connects to three receiving stations of Uri that includes Salamabad, Mohra and Bandi.

According to locals, the 33KV transmission wire and poles have been rusted and always suffers damage whenever it rains or snow.

Tariq Ahmad, a local of Uri said that this transmission line has been set up decades ago but the PDD department has never repaired or replaced it.

An official of the Sub- Transmission Division (STD) Wing in Uri on the condition of anonymity told GNS that they have requested the higher authorities many times to provide material for the maintenance of the line. “But we haven’t received it till date,” he said.

Assistant Executive Engineer Sub- Transmission- Division (STD) Uri Javid Ahmad Waga told GNS that the electricity will be restored by the evening.

“We have already informed the higher ups about the same but still we have not received any material. Hopefully we will receive poles and wires for repair soon,” he said.(GNS)

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