Reyaz Rashid

Winds damage 33 KV transmission line plunging Uri villages into darkness

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Baramulla: After two electric towers of 33 KV transmission line were uprooted with heavy winds in Uri early Tuesday morning, scores of villages have been plunged in darkness.

Locals said that as winds hit Uri Sub-division, two poles supporting a steel tublor frame were uprooted in Gingal area of Uri damaging the transmission line due to which more than 50 villages are without electricity supply.

The 33 KV transmission line which originates from Lower Jehlum Hydroelectric Power Project (LJHP) in Challan Boniyar connects to three receiving stations of Uri that includes Salamabad, Mohra and Bandi.

“This 33 KV transmission line has been set up decades ago, but the PDD has never repaired or replaced it. The wire and poles are rusted and always suffer damage,” locals said.

Assistant Executive Engineer Sub Transmission Division (STD) Uri Javid Ahmad confirmed the damage to transmission line and said department is working on to restore electricity.

“Two poles and their frame have suffered damage; we have taken up the matter with higher ups and I hope electricity will be resorted soon after we will receive the material,” he added.

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