Snow Damages 150 Transformers, 1130 Feeders

Srinagar- The heavy snowfall across the Valley has caused massive damage to the power infrastructure, including electricity transformers as well as 11 kilowatt feeders.

According to an official document, a total of 1031 11KV feeders had suffered technical snag across Kashmir with Baramulla district boring the maximum brunt where all 171 feeders got damaged. The north Kashmir district was followed by Budgam where 103 out of 104 feeders were damaged by 09:00 AM today.

However, the document reads that 909 feeders of 11 KV have been repaired till 05:20 PM while only 122 are under fault across Kashmir.

In Srinagar, 49 feeders out of 266 were damaged till morning while only 10 were under fault in the evening, the document said, adding that in Budgam of total 103 damaged feeders, 84 were repaired till evening while only 19 were under fault.

According to the document, 7 feeders of 11KV had got damaged by Saturday morning while only one was under fault by evening. It added that 27 out of 46 feeders were damaged in Bandipora while only two were under fault in the evening.

It further revealed that 46 feeders out of 98 were under fault this morning and only three were under fault by the evening.

In Shopian, 30 out of 35 feeders were under fault in the morning and only five were under fault by 05:20 PM. 84 out of 119 feeders were damaged in Anantnag till 09 AM and all were repaired till evening.

Kulgam district in South Kashmir had also recorded 100 per cent damage in 11kv feeders with official documents revealing that all 55 feeders were under fault in the morning and by 05:20 PM only 13 were under fault.

In Baramulla district, 39 feeders are under fault where all—171 feeders were damaged.

Out of 75 damaged, only 30 feeders were under fault by 05:20 PM in Kupwara, it said.

Moreover, Chief Engineer, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL), Aijaz Ahmad Dar said that 150 transformers at different places across the Valley were also damaged due to the fresh snowfall.

However, he said that 55 transformers have been replaced till evening while work on other damaged transformers was going on.

“The number of damaged transformers may increase once the weather condition improves as at present there is transpiration difficulty due to the continuous snowfall,” he said.

He added that the men and machinery has already been kept on toes to ensure that the people will not face any hardships and the repairs are done at a shortest possible time.  (KNO)

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