Govt de-waters 650 metres KHEP tunnel to lay phone cable for Gurez
Bandipora, Dec 11: The Bandipora district administration in collaboration with Hindustan Construction Company dewatered 650 meters long Adit-1 tunnel of Kishenganga Hydro Electric Project (KHEP) only to lay cable through the tunnel to provide mobile connectivity to people living in remote Gurez valley.
Laying of the cable through the KHEP tunnel was the only option to provide connectivity to villages with difficult topography.
Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said the work of dewatering started on November 19 and completed on December 09 with workers working round the clock.
Giving details, he said two 100HP dewatering pumps; two 75HP Dewatering Pumps along with 650 meter pipeline was put in service to dewater the tunnel. “12 technicians, 4 officers and more than a hundred laborers worked round the clock (in shifts) to dewater the tunnel in multistage pumping,” he added.
Dr Choudhary said there was a growing demand from certain habitations of the Gurez valley for mobile connectivity which could not be connected earlier. In October this year the Gurez valley received 4G mobile connectivity for the first time history though certain areas continued to be without mobile connectivity owing to tough terrain and close to the Line of Control (LoC).
Dr Choudhary said the district administration took a risk during winters to dewater the Adit tunnel of KHEP so that it could be used to lay BSNL cable which was the only option left to connect the habitations of Kanzalwan, Bagtore, Izmarg and adjoinning villages.
An official of the HCC said it was a difficult task to dewater the tunnel that too in chilling cold but the motivation and logistic support by the Deputy Commissioner made the task easier for them as the task was completed in record 21 days. He said the district administration provided about 17000 liters of Diesel to keep the dewatering pumps running round the clock till the Audit-I tunnel of KHEP could be cleared to lay the BSNL cable.
Dr Choudhary said the Gurez valley remains cut off from rest of the valley for several months owing to heavy snowfall and due to the absence of mobile connectivity, the problems faced by the people would get aggravated.
He said now the mobile and internet connectivity would provide a much-needed relief and minimize the problems being faced by the local populace. Meanwhile the people living in Gurez have expressed their gratitude to district authorities for helping get mobile and data services to the area.