Indo-Pak Affairs

Gladni Grid Station in IHK burnt to ashes

JAMMU: A major fire broke out in Grid Power Station Gladini in Narwal in occupied Kashmir burning it into ashes. Minister of State (MoS) for Power Babu Singh said that enquiry was ordered into the fire as it was second incident of its type in Grid Station within last one month. Singh averred that the Gladini Power Station with its capacity of 400 MVA in Narwal is the mother Grid Station feeding supply to the most of the areas in Jammu division. He said that on May 11, 2008 the transformer got damaged in the similar way. The repair of that particular transformer was going on and the services of Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) engineers were requisitioned but due to their busy schedule they were unable to reach here. However, the Engineers of PDD M&RE as well as System & Operations were on their job to repair that transformer. Being a unique transformer, the repairs were not completed and the standby transformer was then installed and the power supply was restored within five to six hours.

The minister said that the Power Grid Station Burn with commissioning capacity of 360 MVA was put on testing and the services of one of its unit having capacity of 160 KVA were taken. The Engineers of Burn Grid Station were recalled for early repair of the main transformer and the process was going on.

Babu Singh averred that the bushes of the standby transformer which was installed temporarily for restoration also caught fire this evening. The fire tenders were pressed into services and the fire was brought under control later. The fire had caused damage to the standby transformer.

All engineers including the Chief Engineer M&RE Jammu rushed to the spot soon after the incident and they were directed to restore the essential supply as soon as possible, MoS Power said, adding that the supply to PHE department, hospital etc would be restored with alternative arrangements from Grid Station Burn, Udhampur and Hiranagar within hours. Singh said that he himself along with the Commissioner PDD would visit the Gladini Station in the morning.

The minister informed that the XEN In-charge Power Grid Station Gladini Kundal was attached and an enquiry initiated to ascertain the facts which led to fire. Babu Singh said that the BHEL engineers have been requested to reach Jammu by air tomorrow and they have promised to reach here tomorrow morning despite their busy schedule. He assured that the complete power supply will be restored only after the repair of the damaged transformer by the engineers.

The city of temples and the districts of Rajouri and Poonch have been completely plunged into darkness due to the damage of the transformer. The power supply to the 80 percent city and its outskirts has been virtually snapped since evening. Reports said that major fire broke out in one of the bush of the transformer feeding power supply to the majority of the city area at 10 PM. The transformer was completely gutted as its bushes engulfed.

Two fire tenders were initially pressed into service but the fire went out of control. Services of more fire tenders were requisitioned and the fire was brought under control after an hour. However, an hour long fire, damaged the operation system of transformer feeding supply to major part of the city. SDPO East Bhim Sen Tuti when contacted said that the fire broke in one of the transformers at Gladini Grid station in the evening. Ruling out any foul play, he said that it occurred due to technical snag. The fire tenders had been rushed to the spot and the fire was brought under control after hectic efforts.

Chief Engineer PDD Koul said that the bush of one of the transformers caught fire accidentally due to heavy load during the peak hours this evening. He said that the fire had caused a major damaged to the operational system of one of the units supplying power to city. The fire tenders acted swiftly and the fire has been brought under control. Regarding restoration of the power supply system, Koul said that the officers of the M&RE and Systems & Operations wings of PDD are chalking out the strategy of early repair and restoration of Power supply.-SANA

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