Power Woes: Wanbal Residents Urge PDD To Install Additional Transformer

Srinagar: The residents of Umer Colony, Wanbal on Monday appealed to Power Development Department (PDD) for installation of an additional transformer in the Colony due to the current one being insufficient for meeting the surge during the ongoing months of winter.

A delegation of the residents comprising around 17 households told Kashmir Observer on Monday that while the overall input of power remains low during winters, the flow dips sharply to 10 to 20 KVs especially for the houses who are located at the tail end of the colony and far away from the current transformer.

“We have been running from pillar to post to get the transformer installed, however, our pleas are falling on deaf ears,” the residents said here.

“Subsequent to our efforts the Power Development Department (PDD) had approved/allotted an additional transformer for the residents living at the tail end of our colony given the drop in voltage reaching 10-20 (incoming) from the last one and half a year, especially during winters. Even the areas of the hinterland border have more voltage than the tail end households of our colony which is in the heart of Srinagar,” the residents added.

They also alleged that a few residents of the colony are continuing to sabotage their efforts to get the transformer installed.

“These opposing residents are of the opinion that the installation of the transformer would entail laying of High tension (HT) wire inside the colony which will be hazardous for residents. However, the logic behind this apprehension is not only baloney & illogical but also goes against government policy wherein installation of a transformer for every three households is now a technical requirement for preventing thefts, preventing T&D losses and rationing electricity equally to each and every household,” the residents added.

“This government policy is also in line with the demands of the residents wherein PDD will have to invariably lay a High tension wire either overhead or underground for installation of the transformer and blocking this by involving grounds for safety are reprehensible and beyond condemnation,” the residents said.

As far as space for the transformer is concerned, the residents added, there is sufficient space for a transformer whether installation on a platform or on poles and the approach road is more than 12 to 14 feet wide and already stands identified as feasible by a team of PDD officials headed by AEE, AE and JE.

“We reserve our legal right to sue these unscrupulous elements for spreading misinformation through media without ascertaining the facts on the ground which has only added to our sufferings,” the residents added.


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