India: The State Administrative Council (SAC) of Jammu and Kashmir has sanctioned the creation of a district buffer stock of transformers and poles to meet any eventuality during the upcoming winter season.
SAC directed the Power Development Department (PDD) to procure 980 distribution transformers of different capacities and 6000 poles of different sizes for the purpose. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $4.5 million.
The PDD maintains the power supply to consumers through a vast network comprising of 33/11 kV seceiving stations, 11 kV lines, distribution substations and LT lines in 22 districts of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh divisions.
It has been observed that during the winter months, the transformer damage rate shows an upward trend due to which divisional workshops are overburdened. This results in avoidable delay in the repair of the transformers and consequent hardships and resentment among the public
With a view to keeping a sufficient backup of transformers and poles at the disposal of the districts, SAC directed the PDD to maintain a buffer stock of 100 transformers and 500 poles for Srinagar and Jammu Cities, 50 transformers and 250 poles each for districts of Anantnag, Baramulla, Kupwara, Kathua, Udhampur, Rajouri, Leh and Kargil and 30 transformers and 250 Poles each for the districts of Ganderbal, Budgam, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Bandipora, Samba, Reasi, Ramban, Doda and Poonch.
The creation of the transformer and pole banks at the district level will ensure speedy restoration of the power supply to the consumers besides substantially reducing the costs and time on account of transportation of the material at the time of emergencies during winter months.
Source: State Times