PDD urges people to facilitate replacement of damaged transformers

SRINAGAR: Urging people to facilitate smooth movement of vehicles transformers for re­placement, the Power Develop­ment Department (PDD) today said that 102 transformers have been damaged during the pre­vailing law and order situation in various parts of Kashmir.

“The Department is unable to replace the damaged transform­ers at various places fearing attacks as several vehicles car­rying transformers for replace­ment in the affected areas were attacked by the mobs,” a PDD spokesperson said.

Giving area-wise details of the damaged transformers, the spokesman said that 16 trans­formers were damaged in district Anantnag, 15 each in Kulgam and Baramulla, 13 in Kupwara, 12 in Shopian, 10 in Pulwama, 8 in Bandipora, 6 in Budgam, 5 in Ganderbal and 2 in Srinagar.

He said the functioning of Transformer Repairing Work­shops has also been severely af­fected because of the prevailing situation and out of 7 workshops located at Srinagar, Bijbehara, Sopore, Anantnag, Budgam, Gan­derbal and Kupwara, only two workshops – Anantnag and Bud­gam are functioning partially.

The PDD spokesman said that works worth hundreds of crores of rupees which were under execution for improve­ment and upgradation of power infrastructure in Kash­mir under Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP), Deen­dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and other programmes including district and state sector have come to a halt and the delay would result in massive cost escalation.

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