Following heavy Snowfall during the intervening night of 30th January, electric supply to many areas of Kashmir Valley got disrupted and the load of the whole valley dipped below 850 MWs during the early morning hours of 30th Jan, 2022.
Out of total 33 KV feeders, 14 were under fault along with 4 No. 33 KV Taplines which affected the power supply mainly to Sopore, Kupwara and Handwara areas of Kashmir Valley. Few portions of District Budgam and of District Anantnag were also affected due to the outage of 4 No. of 33 KV lines out of 14. In addition to that, around 215 11 KV feeders were under fault due to heavy Snowfall.
From early in the morning, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Ltd. field teams under the able guidance of MD, KPDCL Yasin M Choudhary were mobilized to rectify the faults. Despite the continuous snowfall in the region and braving the extreme freezing temperature, the field teams of KPDCL started patrolling the faulty lines and were able to bring up the load of Kashmir Valley to around 1590 MWs by 3 PM.
It is important to mention that at present only four 33 KV lines which specially feed to Sopore Area of District Baramulla and few areas of Bijbehara are under fault and by evening all the 33 KV lines will be charged. Out of all the 11 KV feeders only 154 feeders remain out due to the faulty status of four 33KV lines.
MD, KPDCL is closely monitoring the situation and assures the public that all the feeders will be up and live. This is the first time that such a quick restoration has happened since the incorporation of KPDCL.
The MD has also praised the patience shown by the public towards the corporation and assures the public that the field team of KPDCL will not rest till all the feeders are up and running.