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Aaqib Magray

Ganderbal 05 Dec (KNZ):Power Development Department (PDD) Ganderbal has launched nocturnal raids in Ganderbal areas to check power theft.

PDD officials said the raids were held in various areas of Ganderbal including Gund, Haripora, Tulmulla,Beehama etc

“The menace of hooking, especially in evening and morning hours is creating havoc with power distribution in Ganderbal district and making the honest consumers to suffer by way of frequent outages, interruptions and critically low voltages.The generation and transmission is always at the same voltage but it is the overloading of the system by theft and hooking that results in drastic drop in voltage,” PDD said in a statement.

“The department has gone for an unprecedented enforcement drive particularly in evening and morning hours collecting huge fines in the raids. As soon as the team arrives at a particular Villages, the inspections start and immediately the voltage profile improves and the load at the receiving station shows a steep downward trend,”

He also added in the month of November, 105 distribution transformers of various capabilities got damaged due to the excessive overloading out of which 83 transformers were repaired on Regional workshop at Ganderbal. The main reason of damage to the distribution transformers is the use of home made heaters & boilers especially during the peak hours.

When Kashmir News Zone-KNZ Contacted Executive Engineer PDD Mr Javaid Ahmad he said that the team also collected photographs along with other evidence so that action under appropriate clause of State Electricity Act may be initiated against the defaulters. Besides this, a warning was issued to all those who resort to power pilferage that FIRs will be lodged and police assistance will be sought if required.

There is a slight improvement in day voltage in many areas, but night voltage profile has not improved much. The campaign will continue so that power scenario in the District improves during winter,”Javaid said.

They further appealed to the people not to use illegal and power consuming appliances adding that such drives will continue in future and those who found using such things will be dealt strictly according to law,he added.KNZ