Parts of Valley in darkness

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Jan 28: Parts of Kashmir are under darkness due to snowfall and damage to over 200 transformers.
Dozens of villages in North Kashmir districts, mainly Baramulla, are without electricity from past five days due to heavy snowfall ranging from two-feet to nine-feet. The snowfall has not only damaged transformers but also transmission lines. Similarly some South Kashmir villages are also without electric supply due to damage caused by heavy snow to transformers and transmission lines.
Over 200 transformers have been damaged in the snowfall plunging parts of Kashmir in darkness and authorities said that the Department is working on these transformers for early restoration of power supply.
Over three weeks have passed since power transformer of Noorkah receiving station in  Uri town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district was damaged but so far the Power Development Department (PDD) is yet to repair it, thus plunging at least 14 villages into darkness.
Locals said the 6.3 MBA transformer was damaged on January 6 this year due to heavy snowfall. “The transformer was damaged during the first snowfall of this season. Since then it has not been repaired,” said Mubashir Ahmad Chak, a local of Noorkah.
He said at least 14 villages of Uri have been plunged into darkness since the transformer got damaged. “We many-a-times met the concerned officials over the issue but nothing concrete happened. Few days ago, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Uri visited our area and assured that the transformer will be installed by January 26 but no such thing happened,” he added.
The locals said they have been facing lot of hardships in absence of electricity supply. “In this bone-chilling winter, there is no sign of power supply in our area. The studies of students have suffered a lot and even our work has got affected,” said a resident of Bijhama village of Uri. The villages which have been plunged into darkness include Bijhama, Noorkah, Reshawari, Mayan, Nilusa, Lachipora and many others.
Chief Engineer PDD Kashmir, Shahnaz Goni when contacted said: “Today, we dispatched the transformer to Noorkah receiving station.” However, the electricity in the affected villages was not restored by this evening.