Gurez Valley gets grid-connected electricity for first time

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KC NEWS DESK

Bandipora: In a groundbreaking and historical achievement, the Gurez Valley was Sunday successfully connected to the electricity grid, marking the first time the region has access to a reliable source of electricity.

An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that the historic development was also announced by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha who expressed his joy and said that this marks a momentous occasion in the history of the region.

The project involves around 180 km of 150 mm sq conductor, 1950 ST poles, and 4 km of underground cabling over vast stretches passing over Razdhan Pass situated at a height of 12,672 feet above sea level having the most hostile weather conditions and tough terrain and topography.

The successful test check underscores the commitment of the government to reach out to the people of far-flung areas.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora, Owais Ahmad congratulated the resilient people of Gurez Valley and acknowledged their patience and perseverance throughout the process.

He expressed optimism about the positive impact that electricity would have on various facets of daily life, including education, healthcare, and economic activities.

Ahmad said that the district team, including the STD division, had worked hard to complete the work as per a strict timeline.

He said that the 60 km 33 KV transmission line had a successful trial on Sunday.

The DC Bandipora said that 1500 consumers would be benefitted in the first phase.

He said that the rest of the villages would be connected in a phased manner.

Ahmad said that for decades, the residents of Gurez Valley had faced challenges due to the absence of a consistent power supply.

He said that the frontier sector relied on diesel generator sets for electricity.

The DC Bandipora said that Gurez now enjoys grid connectivity, for the first time after independence with the successful charging of the 33 KV line.

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