Outdated electric poles, wires pose risk to Mawer residents

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Aatif Qayoom

Hadwara, Dec 26: The Power Development Department (PDD) is risking lives of the residents of Shatgund Payeen in north Kashmir’s Kupwara as the department has failed to upgrade the electricity wires and the poles carrying them, exposing the lives of the residents to a greater risk.
Locals said that the absence of concrete electric poles and standard wires pose risk to their lives and property in the village which is just 7 kms away from Handwara town.
“The wooden poles were used decades ago, and the distribution deteriorates with age and their electrical performance worsens over time especially during winter season said Reyaz Ahmad a local resident.
He said that there is a possibility that the current “may also flow and it happens where current leaks through the insulator, due to deposits of salt spray, and sand on the insulator surface can put the lives at risk.”
At times due to excessive activity of leakage, current can generate enough heat to ignite wooden logs that are in shape of electric poles, “particularly where there is contact between the wood and metal surfaces of power pole in residential areas,” another local resident said.
While the residents are regularly paying their power dues, the PDD seems to be in deep slumber. “We appeal the department concerned that, they should install the new concrete poles, so that the people will feel safe and secure,” residents demanded.
Senior citizens of the village says that, this era is called modern era and in which people should feel comfortable and enjoy hassle free facilities like of electricity, portable water supply health care, good roads and internet.
“Unfortunately people still use thin wooden logs which are of no use and cable wire lines for power supply are being passed through these poles, adding they often gets damaged in winds and snowing thus putting people in trouble,” they said. (RNA)