Gangotri battling power scarcity
The Gangotri dham, situated at 3,000 ft in the lofty Himalayas, is buzzing with pilgrims with commencement of the Char Dham pilgrimage today but the markets and ashrams of the area are in the darkness due the lack of electricity.
While the authorities have managed to restore power supply in the Yamunotri dham barely a day before the opening of temple portals, the black smoke spewing noisy power generators are rudely shattering the serene and salubrious environs of the place.
Even after almost a year, the Gangotri dham has not been linked with the power grid and two power projects of UREDA that were supplying power till last few years are shut after suffering technical damage during the devastating rains last year.
The generator supply being sought for power during the night time, however their thick black smoke is causing pollution in the verdant Gangotri valley, the locals rue.
For the time being, the lighting at the Gangotri temple is being supplied by the generators. For a long time the UREDA's 100 KW project was supplying power to the dham but its power channels were damaged in the rains last year, shutting the power production. These have not been repaired in time for the yatra and may need about more two weeks to become functional, sources in UREDA said.
An additional 25 KW unit of UREDA had become functional last year but it is also not working due to technical snag now, due to which the temple campus, markets, ashram and inns are facing power shortage. The lighting at the roads and bathing ghats at night time is also hit.
The temple committee is managing power supply with generators at necessary places, which is also a burden on its resources.
(Posted on 02-05-2014)