PDD sits on low lying HT wires

‘Our lives have been endangered’

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 15 2017 12:29AM | Updated Date: Dec 15 2017 12:29AM
PDD sits on low lying HT wiresFile Photo

Failure of Power Development Department (PDD) to put in place safety measures in power distribution network poses risk to people in the summer capital.

People of various areas accused the PDD of putting their lives at risk by failing to align the low lying HT wires. Locals said that HT power cables from Bemina to Sharifabad are low lying. These lines pass through the flood spill channel which was recently dredged by Irrigation and Flood Control department. Official documents accessed by Greater Kashmir reveal that Irrigation and Flood Control department has sent several correspondences to the PDD higher ups to realign the HT wires and also agreed to pay for the process.   

“There is instant risk to life and property due to low lying HT lines crossing in close proximity. The PDD has failed to realign the low lying lines despite repeated requests by us and locals,” said an official of Irrigation and Flood Control department.

Several electric poles are installed in the flood spill channel in these areas. “As we dredged the channel, we left some soil around these electrical poles as temporary arrangements to hold them. This soil can cave in anytime and result in irreparable loss,” he said.

He added that some of transmission line towers are also installed in the channel. “We have kept sand bags around these towers at the bottom to hold the soil around them. But these temporary arrangements cannot hold them for long. There is need to realign the lines and poles immediately,” he said.

Inhabitants of these areas said the HT power lines installed in these areas are touching roads, thereby endangering them. 

“We had requested the concerned department to realign electric poles in appropriate manner so lives of people are not put to risk. But the PDD authorities are least bothered,” said Altaf Ahmad, a local. 

Chief engineer PDD Shahnaz Goni, said, “we have made assessment for realignment. It costs around six lakhs. I have directed concerned officials to take up the job with immediate effect.”