Barbed wire in Kashmir: Security cordon to powering rural homes | India News

NEW DELHI: Barbed twine has change into synonymous with pictures of safety cordons, particularly within the context of Kashmir. However for years the Valley has been hanging it to an odd use: supplying electrical energy to scattered families in rural and hilly spaces, a up to date survey of the union territory’s (UT) energy distribution community by means of a Central crew has discovered.
In different circumstances, skinny GI (galvanised iron) twine has been used to energy houses. Normally, the wires are strung throughout picket poles or timber. All this led to line losses of 70%, monetary rigidity for the facility division and lengthy blackouts for folks.
“A survey crew with CEA (Central Electrical energy Authority) officials discovered barbed wires getting used (for connections). We have now began overhauling the infrastructure. We wish to create an effective, sustainable energy device. There may be sufficient energy within the nation. Our final goal is to make sure 24X7 reasonably priced provide to folks of J&Ok,” energy minister R. Ok. Singh informed TOI.

A senior J&Ok energy division reliable mentioned barbed twine “has been in use for LT (low-tension) connections for a few years. “It’s not all over. Homes are scattered in rural spaces. In lots of such circumstances, for no matter reason why, for instance wires falling quick or because of urgency of offering a connection, native workforce/villagers use barbed twine or skinny GI wires. The place poles aren’t to be had or conceivable to erect, timber are used as selection,” a senior J&Ok energy division reliable informed TOI.
All that is converting. Since October 2019, when J&Ok’s UT standing used to be notified, the ministry has been running with the UT government to overtake the distribution infrastructure with Central investment. It has requested REC (previously Rural Electrification Company) to draft a village-wise alternative scheme for barbed wires and poles and so forth and sanctioned Rs 90 crore for starters.
Since August 2019, when Article 370 used to be scrapped to finish J&Ok’s particular standing, Centre has launched Rs 275 crore grant for advent of infrastructure underneath two energy reforms schemes, DDUGJY and IPDS. Additionally, 33 sub-stations had been added, 48km of feeder separation completed, 2,020 km of distribution traces and 356 km of aerial bunched/underground cables have been laid.