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Power Corporation ‘bans’ nichrome coil-based heating gadgets in Kashmir

Riyaz Bhat


Srinagar, Jan 31: Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) Wednesday ordered a ‘blanket ban’ on procuring and selling of nichrome coil based heating gadgets in the Valley.

According to an official notification, KPDCL said that the government in 2018 had ordered complete ban on manufacture, import, transport, sale , purchase and use of Nichrome coil-based crude heaters, boilers and steamers.

It said that manufacturers do not conform to the required specifications of BIS or International Electro-Technical Commission.

“In consonance to the above orders, all Electric Divisions have done a remarkable job in seizing these crude heating appliances from a vast majority of the consumers,” KPDCL said.

The order further states that it has been observed that after seizure, the consumers buy fresh nichrome coil-based crude gadgets from the market where these are easily available and revert to abuse of electricity, thereby nullifying tireless efforts put in.

In order to permanently remove the availability of nichrome coil based heaters, boilers and steamers from the markets, KPDCL directed all subdivisional officers to implement the order by circulating a copy amongst the business outlets dealing in electrical equipment items.

“They shall be advised not to procure and sell any Nichrome Coil based heating gadgets, failing which the same shall be seized,” it reads.

KPDCL accordingly advised the concerned to approach the district administration for ensuring compliance of the orders passed by the government.


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