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Pix: After 48 dark hours, power restored in parts of Kashmir

Last updated on: January 8, 2012 21:37 IST

Image: A Kashmiri family struggles to have its meal in candle light
Photographs: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar

Power supply in Kashmir was partially restored on Sunday evening after it was cut off following heavy snowfall, which started on Friday.

A senior state government officer said one of the two lines -- 400 KV Kishanpore Wagoora power supply line -- which had been snapped by heavy snowfall in the Pir Panchal mountain range was restored by power grid authorities.

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After 48 dark hours, power restored in parts of Kashmir

Image: Youths block a road in Srinagar as they protest against the frequent power cuts in the Valley
Photographs: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah made available a chopper to ferry the power grid staff to the locations where the snapped lines needed repairs.

On Saturday, the engineers from the Power Development Department conducted an aerial survey of the area where lines were snapped.

After 48 dark hours, power restored in parts of Kashmir

Image: Rail services resumed in Kashmir on Sunday even after power was restorted in a few areas
Photographs: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com

Restoration of power to Srinagar came as a big relief to the locals who remained without electricity for the past 48-hours facing multiple difficulties in sub-zero temperatures.

Absence of power had severely affected the water supply in the city and other towns. All electrical gadgets could not be operated and routine life in the Valley was badly hit.

After 48 dark hours, power restored in parts of Kashmir

Image: The national highway remained closed because of the heavy snowfall
Photographs: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com

The snowfall has also led to breakdown of communication system, like the Internet, landlines and mobile phones.

Abdullah has announced full restoration of power supply in the valley in next 24 hours.

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After 48 dark hours, power restored in parts of Kashmir

Image: The Sringar airport was under snow
Photographs: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com

The sub-zero temperature following the snowfall led to intense cold hitting vehicular movement.

Though the skies cleared on Sunday evening, the forecast said weather would remain dry in next 24 hours, as the night temperatures are likely to fall further.

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