New Delhi: After Keran, Machhil has become the second sector in Kupwara district to get 24-hour power supply first time after Independence i.e. 74 years after India became a free country.
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“Keran got electricity around Independence Day and now in the second phase electricity has reached Machil villages also. Soon, we would be providing electricity to remaining difficult areas too,” Principal Secretary (Power- J&K) Rohit Kansal said. Until now, electricity was being provided to 20 villages in the Machil sector through Diesel Generator (DG) sets but now they would be getting power though electricity grids.
“We have kick-started by providing electricity to nine villages but in the next 20 days all remaining villages would also be getting electricity 24×7 via grid,” Kupwara District Collector Anshul Garg said about 25,000 people will benefit in this sector alone. Like Keran, Machil used to get electricity for three hours in the evening. “Electricity via DG sets had loads of problems like availability of diesel and distribution and so was very unreliable but now electricity grid in place is systemised,” explains an engineer who works in that area.
According to him, Machil is the northernmost part of the country and has a difficult terrain so erecting pillars was a difficult task. “The system which now has been put in place can generate and also disseminate electricity without any problem,” he adds. Machil is about 65 km from Kupwara district headquarters and remains cut off from the rest of the Valley for almost six months.