Srinagar, Nov 05:
Unscheduled power cuts have severely hit the research work in the University of
“I am doing research on plant ecology and most
of my work depends on high definition equipments which work on electricity. I
collected plant samples twice from Gulmarg and kept it in freezer for further
examination. For four days there was no electricity and with the result my
samples became unusable,” said a research scholar.
Another research scholar in Kashmir University
said due to frequent power cuts their research work is getting affected. “My
equipment developed errors due to power cuts. With the result, it started
displaying false readings”, he said.
An official in
the Kashmir University said over Rs 25 crore have been sanctioned for 50
different projects in the department of biotechnology, clinical bio-chemistry,
botany, zoology, nanotechnology, pharmacy, environmental science, physics,
electronics and chemistry.
definition equipment, which works in -80, -20, -120 temperature, are imported
from abroad. Regular power cuts are affecting these equipments,” the official
Speaking to The
Kashmir Monitor, Chief Engineer PDD, Qazi Hashmat said Kashmir University being
a premier institute should install a backup power system to meet exigencies.
“PDD has proposed
to provide dedicated power supply from 33 KV line. Once the university credits
the amount, we will start work on installation of the line,” Qazi said.
Kashmir University, Professor Shahid Rasool said the issue has not been brought
into hid notice. “I will check with the department heads and resolve it as soon
as possible,” he said.
Kashmir University had signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the PDD to
provide 24*7 power supply. Sources said two kanals of land was also earmarked
for establishing receiving station for uninterrupted power supply. Sources said Kashmir University is paying Rs
4.2 lakh as monthly electricity tariff to the PDD.