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Near-total outage in Kashmir Valley as transmission system badly hit

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Overnight rains followed by snowfall on Saturday led to near-total power outage in the Valley as transmission system was badly hit with PDD able to supply just six percent of total 1250-MW the region draws on daily basis.

“It is a messy situation. The inter-transmission system has been badly hit due to snapping of lines at many places and we are able to supply just 80-MW of total 1250-MW energy,” said a senior PDD official.
Chief Engineer M&RE HashmatQazi said though snowfall received was just four to five inches the transmission lines have come under fallen trees full of foliage at “several places”, leading to faults in the system.

Another official said the problem has got aggravated as transmission lines connecting to most of grid stations have developed faults. He said Pampore-Rawalpora transmission line developed the fault during early hours owing to which Zainakote line got overloaded and shut down. “It had cascading impact on Bemina, Habak, Wanganpora and other lines,” said the official.

The department struggled to restore the system as snowfall continued for entire day, leading to faults from falling of trees on the lines. “We are trying to restore some major lines so that we could supply 500 to 600-MW,” said the official.

The transmission system at 33 KV has been worst hit. The worn-out transmission system in the Valley remains vulnerable to faults, particularly during winters, in vulnerable areas.

The chief engineer said two main trunk lines including Centaur and TRC coming from Cheshmashahi have come under fallen trees, adding that Karan Nagar and other lines have also been hit at various places but restoration process was “well underway”.   

Apart from districts and far flung areas the summer capital of Srinagar has been worst hit. “If weather permits, we will be able to restore major portion of the system by tomorrow morning,” said the chief engineer. “We are doing all that is possible to restore the lines as soon as possible, having pressed into service men and machinery.” 

Rs 5 cr released for repair/purchase of new transformers

Meanwhile, Finance Department this evening announced release of additional Rs 5 crore for repair/purchase of new transformers to meet the crisis in the aftermath of snowfall. 

According to Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudahry, the department will also release Rs 50 lakh each to CE PWD Kashmir  and CE Mechanical Kashmir for snow  clearance.  “Similarly Rs 25 lakh each have been placed with CE PWD Jammu and CE Mechanical Jammu for snow clearance,” he said.  Navin, according to an official handout, said that this additional authorisation over and above budget can't be utilised for clearing any past liabilities and is to be utilized only to meet and handle current crisis