SRINAGAR: Atleast 69 electric transformers in Jammu and Kashmir have suffered damage in less than a week, primarily from overload, leaving several regions in complete darkness.
Ironically, more than 83 percent of electric transformers have been damaged from Kashmir region only. Twelve of the damaged transformers are located in the Jammu region, and 57 of the damaged transformers are located in Kashmir
Meanwhile, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) on Thursday said that at least 63 transformers were damaged on Tuesday. The Corporation said that most of the transformers have got damaged due to overloading.
Taking to micro-blogging website X (formerly Twitter), KPDCL said “63 Transformers damaged on Tuesday, mostly due to overload; 57 repaired. 1010 inspections conducted and 743 disconnections affected by #KPDCL. 78 connections regularized.” (SIC)
According to the official figures, among the total damaged electric transformers, at least three transformers were damaged in Jammu, two in Kishtwar, one in Ramban, two in Reasi, three in Rajouri and one in Poonch district respectively.
From the Kashmir region, the official figures reveal that central Kashmir’s Budgam and Srinagar districts were having the highest number of damaged electric transformers in the past one week.
It reveals Srinagar and Budgam districts are the most impacted areas wherein at least 28 electric transformers have got damaged in a span of less than one week.
At least eighteen electric transformers in Budgam, ten in Srinagar, three in Baramulla, two in Sopore, three in Handwara, two in Ganderbal, nine in Bandipora, five in Anantnag, eight in Kulgam, three in Pulwama, and four in the Shopian district have been damaged, according to official figures.
According to the officials some of the main reasons for those damaged transformers include, overloading, oil leakage, damage to bush rod and repeat damage—(KNO)