Srinagar Nov 3 : The unexpected snowfall on Saturday plunged most of the parts of the Valley into darkness, leaving the people fuming in anger. However, Chief Engineer PDD Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi, said that “heavy” snowfall in the Valley has resulted in trees with thick foliage coming down heavily on electrical lines, damaging most of the 33KV lines.
He said intermittent rainfall and now heavy snowfall led to frequent faults in the electrical system affecting supply in most parts of the uptown and civil line areas of Srinagar.
Qazi said two main trunk lines including Centaur and TRC coming from Cheshmashahi have come down after huge trees fell on them, adding that Karan Nagar and BB Shah lines are also under trees at various places but that restoration process is well underway. He said a full-fledged restoration work has been underway but continuous snowfall has made it very difficult to maintain the lines resulting in the decreased power supply to just 80 MWs as against the normal 1150 MWs supplied this morning.
The Chief Engineer said the department is doing all that is possible to restore all lines as soon as possible having pressed into service all its men and machinery Earlier people said that there is not more than 3 inches of snow and people have been left of nature.
“Mere 3 inches of snow has plunged entire Kashmir into darkness.
This speaks volumes about the tall claims about improvement and infrastructure build up,” Nazir Ahmad, a resident of Lal Bazar Srinagar said.