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Power in powerless south Kashmir parts to be restored within 16 hrs: CE PDD

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Srinagar, Nov 07: As most of the areas in southern districts continue to reel under darkness, the Chief Engineer Power Development Department (PDD), Hashmat Qazi on Wednesday said that the power in powerless areas in south Kashmir will be restored fully within next 16 hours.
Qazi said that the restoration process of electricity is apace and will be restored within next 16 hours.
He said that the three towers that fell down due to recent snowfall have been almost erected again while one among them, located at Wanpoh will still take over two weeks.
Qazi while sharing the details said that the towers at Shopian, Lissar and Kulgam have been almost erected and it will take more 12-16 hours to restore the power supply in these areas. “In Shopian, the power supply will be restored within two hours while other places may take more 12-16 hours,” he said.
The PDD Chief Engineer further added that the transformers in huge quantity were damaged during the recent snowfall. “In last three days, almost 130 damaged transformers were repaired and were sent back to the respective localities,” he said, adding that the department is working hard to ensure adequate power facility to the consumers.
Asked about efforts by the PDD during last few days, he said that he along with his complete team were on roads and had to face hardships to ensure power restoration.
“Besides me, almost 7000 employees of the department were working even during nights in the bone-chilling weather to ensure power restoration to the people,” he said, adding that on the first day of snow, at least 50 distributions to City was done by the department but the electricity was not restored soon due to lack of grid connectivity.
He claimed that the restoration process was ‘a big deal’ to the PDD department.
Pertinently, the Kashmir Valley on last Saturday received the season’s first snowfall, thus resulting in damage to four main transmission towers, thereby affecting the power supply across the Valley.
The department restored the electricity in central and northern district within a day while as Southern district continued to reel under darkness for days together.


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Zadibal hospital without electricity, heating facility

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Srinagar, Nov 20: The patients at the Primary Health Center Zadibal have been facing a tough time due to unavailability of electricity, with most of them forced to return without undergoing certain pathological tests.

The hospital has been without an alternative power option, as a result of which the staff is unable to do many machine-dependent tests, even at the time of emergencies.

A technician at the health center (name withheld) said, “We do not have round-the-clock electricity. We get electricity till 12 in the afternoon, after which no test can be done.”

Additionally, the technician said, the electricity goes off after every two hours, paralysing the system. “Patients have to wait even in case of emergencies or visit any other hospital. We are helpless, we have asked many times for 24-hour power supply, but nothing has been done about it, so far.”

On an average, 25-30 patients visit the hospital daily.

A patient, Masrat, suffering severe pain in back and abdomen, was asked to visit the next day, as there was no electricity for her urine examination.

“Doctor told me to get the test done, but here they have no electricity. So, I am being asked to return,” she said.

There is also no heating arrangement at the hospital, forcing the in-patients to survive in a cold environment.

Dr Manzoor, a General Physician at the hospital, said there was no heating arrangement even for the staff.“We perform in this cold and the patients suffer as well,” he said.

Dr Nighat, Zonal Medical Officer Zadibal, said, “Electricity problem is seen everywhere, but we will try to arranging an alternative very soon.”

“Our job is to write to the higher authorities. The rest is up to them,” she said.

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Shopian shuts to mourn killing of four militants

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Shopian: People in South Kashmir’s Shopian Wednesday observed a complete shutdown against the killing of four militants.

Reports said that all the shops and other business establishments including schools remained closed in the district and traffic also remained off the roads.

An eyewitness said that people from different walks of life visited the families of slain militants, all from Shopian, to offer condolences to the bereaved families. The four slain militants were identified as Inam-ul-Haq, a resident of Motjan Shopian, Mehraj-u-din, a resident of Drawnee village of Shopian, Abid Nazi, A resident of Padapora village of Shopian, and Basharat Nengroo, a resident of Chotigam village of Shopian district.

Apart from the four slain militants, a para-commando was also killed and two others sustained injuries during an encounter between the militants and a joint team of Police army, police, in Nadigam village of district Shopian, in south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was also observed in Achabal Anantnag against the killing of senior separatist leader and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat District President Anantnag Hafeezullah Mir. Mir was killed by unknown gunmen at his native Bhadro Achabal village.

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Non-punctual docs make patients in Panzalla Rafiabad suffer daily

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Baramulla, Nov 21: Amid prevailing wintry chill, many patients were kept waiting outside a health centre at Panzalla area in Rafiabad in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district by doctors who reportedly turned up in the afternoon on Wednesday.

Locals of the area said that the doctors seldom come on time, forcing patients either to wait or visit Srinagar or Baramulla hospital.

The locals appealed the administration to look into their grievances and address them by making doctors and other staff including paramedics punctual.

They also urged the administration to provide all facilities otherwise available in the medical facility equivalent to the one at Panzalla.

Chief Medical Officer Baramulla Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo when contacted said that he will look into the matter. “I will ask concerned BMO Rohama to look into the matter,” he added.

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