JAMMU:Despite having at least 500 surplus transformers, 200 of these brand new, in the Transformer Bank, the residents across different colonies in Jammu, reeling under acute shortage of power in the midst of the wrath of weather gods, are being made to suffer by not replacing the faulty transformers.
With constant rise in mercury levels and frequent break-down of transformers, local residents are the worst sufferers as it takes over 24 hours and even more to have the faulty transformer replaced.
Executive Engineer, Central Transformer Repair Workshop, Narwal S. L Thappa said, “We have 200 brand new transformers in our Transformer Bank and 300 others are repaired ones. Transformers of different load capacity are available in the workshop and every time we receive a request from a division level officer, we verify whether the faulty transformer can be repaired in their local workshop or it is required to be shifted to the central workshop”.
The Executive Engineer claimed that it takes some time in replacing the damaged transformers, as these are received in the workshop late. Depending upon the availability of the transformers at the division level, the faulty ones get replaced at the earliest, he added.
Meanwhile, feeling the heat of public anger, Minister for Power Sunil Sharma has publicly shared the mobile numbers of officers, who can be contacted in case of any emergency or for lodging complaints. In several cases local residents have brought the issue of shortage of power supply and irregular curtailment for long hours to the notice of the minister. One of the residents has even suggested to the Power Minister why additional power is not being procured by the State government from the Northern Grid to fill the gap between demand and supply during the ongoing summer spell.
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