For the 1st time in 75 years, 2 remote villages along LoC in J&K’s Kupwara get electricity | India News

SRINAGAR: For the first time in 75 years, two remote villages — Kundiyan and Patroo — situated along the Line of Control in Keran in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district got electricity on Wednesday, benefitting around 1,300 residents, some of whom screamed in joy on seeing their houses illuminated.
“The district administration, led by the Kupwara deputy commissioner, deserves all the praise for the electrification project.For all residents here, it is a dream come true. We used to receive two to three hours of low-voltage power through a decade-old diesel generator set which could hardly light up a bulb. We were using candles to light up our homes. Now, our children will study under electric lights and perform well,” Mohammad Syed Khoja, a Kundian resident, said.
In the electrification project, two sub-stations of 250KV (33kv/440V) were completed under Samridh Seema Yojana by Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation’s division in Kupwara, said an official. Ecstatic villagers gathered at Kundian to receive Kupwara deputy commissioner Ayushi Sudan, whose tireless efforts led to the electrification of the twin villages.
The DC met the residents and congratulated them. “It is a job well done. Everything was done in mission mode. From officers to linemen of the PDD, locals and contractors, everyone contributed to the timely completion of the electrification project which was done in a record time of two months,” she said, adding that it was a testimony of transformation at the grassroots level since approval for the project was obtained and allocations made barely a couple of months ago.
The DC said that the road stretch from Dutt Bridge to Keran had been handed over to Beacon and work on it will commence shortly. By the end of this year, all villages in Keran would get BSNL mobile network, she said, adding that private network service providers will also be roped in to provide and enhance cell phone connectivity in the area.

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