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NEW DELHI: Pummeled frequently by shelling from Pakistan, three north Kashmir villages along the LoC in Kupwara district that remained cut-off for six months due to heavy snow and left its roughly 14,000 residents to lead dark and dreary lives for decades will light up for the first time since independence.
Last week, a two-year project of the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) to electrify the region drew to a close with the installation of a 33kV (kilovolt) line and a receiving station to carry electricity to the villages of Keran, Mundian and Patruu. Keran is a mere 500 mts away from the Line of Control. Under the project, 979 utility poles have been installed.

Mohammad Aijaz Asad, managing director of KPDCL, told TOI that Covid-19 lockdown helped them speed things up. “We were able to divert manpower which would otherwise have been engaged in regular work to this project.” Asad said that tough terrain and the proximity to LoC posed challenges that the team had to work around to lay high tension wires and install utility poles in the region.
Since this was defence land, a lot of approvals were required which took time, added an official from the district administration. “Households in the villages were dependent on solar power or power supply was provided by diesel generators between 6 and 9 pm,” Asad said. The cost of electricity in the region would be between Rs 2-3 per unit, he added.
Farmers in the region are hoping electrification would boost their earnings. Those like Ghulam Hasan Lone, Mohammad Akram and Imran Zayed who grow apples, walnuts and rice said they had been using electricity from diesel generators to water their fields. “But the facility was available only for a few hours every evening. For us, 24 x 7 electricity is a dream. We are hoping we’ll be able to grow more crops and increase our earnings,” said Zayed, a 68-year-old farmer from Keran.

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