“It is irony, instead of dedicated staff; it is the villagers who keep on repairing the wires. Even during emergencies locals are busy in repair work and staff is missing,’’
The receiving station at Hamray that has installation capacity of 4 M.V and 6.3 M.V transformers is in a mess. Such is the condition and mismanagement that due to frequent tripping people who receive power from these stations have to face lot of problems and officials are least bothered.
Due to frequent tripping of power, the people have no option but to come on the roads. Such is the situation locals claim that after every ten minutes the receiving station gets tripped. Even during summers when there are less loads on the transformers, the situation is no better.
“After every 10 minutes of electricity it starts tripping and finally we don’t get electricity as per schedule. Bills usually come on its due date and we don’t feel as if there was any electricity,’’ complained Owais a senior citizen at village Gundabal.
He said that residents of the area are facing multiple problems for past two decades. “Low voltage and poor quality of conductor tied with is another problem and there is every apprehension it might lead to any mishap,’’ says Bashir Ahmad a resident of neighboring village Andergam.
Dozens of villages in Pattan and its adjacent localities receive electricity through this receiving centre.
The locals complain instead of technical persons, the receiving station is manned by daily wage and casual employees who have no knowledge of the working of receiving station.
“For us running the receiving station is herculean task. The government should post proper staff here, so that they can look after the receiving station and will be available at the time of any exigency,’’ said a daily wager at receiving station.
Locals said that though utility poles were installed a decade ago, however, authorities never tried to get them properly repaired or fixed.
“It is irony, instead of dedicated staff; it is the villagers who keep on repairing the wires. Even during emergencies locals are busy in repair work and staff is missing,’’ said another resident Javeed Ahmad.
Hamray Receiving station provides electricity to 40 villages through five feeders that are insufficient.
‘’It is very difficult to maintain the load of 40 villages through five feeders especially during winters,’’ said Abdul Hameed a resident of Chender Seera. He said earlier his village was connected with Tangmarg Power Station.
“For us it is better to remain connected with Tangmarg power station, the day our village got connected with this receiving station, there seems no end to our miseries.’’
However, people working with the department said that there is shortage of equipments and receiving station has no stocks of 1100 K V linking Sets and 3300 K.V Oil Circuit Backer.
“Even to run the receiving station, government must arrange proper equipment, however from day one, there has been shortage of equipment,’’ said an employee.
A senior employee Imtiyaz Ahmad said that Oil Circuit Baker is very
Essential for 3300 KV Line which comes from Nahilpora Grid Station.
“Department had sent us one Oil Circuit Baker but that is not fully equipped. And if equipment is provided it becomes easy to maintain 33000 K.V line without any danger,’’ he said.
Locals said that building of the Receiving station was completely damaged and was renovated 15 years ago, however; still the building is in bad shape.
‘’Such is the condition at the receiving station that its bathrooms have not been maintained and employees have to visit houses of neighbours to relieve themselves,’’ said an employee, Abdul Ahmad Mir.
He said top officials visit the stations and make tall promises; however they seldom fulfill their promise.
Junior Engineer, Ghulam Mohamad Bhat said that they are trying to overcome the problems at the receiving station. “In winters people use lot of devices and electronic gadgets that is responsible for tripping and overloading at the receiving station.’’
He said that people should avoid using heaters, Greasers, boilers, etc.
“”As we have 5 feeders and every feeder is showing overloading and people are using extra electricity.’’
He said the department is releasing good amount for the maintenance of the receiving station.
To overcome the crisis, the department is now planning to install one more 10 M.V transformer for which local legislator Imran Reza Ansari has assured of releasing the funds.
“The new 10 MVA transformer will solve the problem, till new transformer is arranged, the villagers have to use electricity judiciously,’’ said a senior officer.