Thanks to the callous attitude of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd (UHBVNL), a large number of electricity poles in the Panchkula are on the verge of collapse, thus posing a great threat to the lives of residents. All it takes is a visit to the different sectors to find out the condition of cemented poles erected on both sides of the roads holding transformers, street lights and transmission lines.
Sample this: A cemented electricity pole in Sector 4 is barely standing with a broken base. Same is the case in Sector 15 where a pole lean dangerously on one side as it is broken from near the base, putting several lives at risk. Three poles holding one heavy transformer each in Industrial Area, Sector 12, and Sector 15 have been tied with wires to prevent them from collapsing. The condition is said to be worse in the rural areas.
The damaged poles not only pose threat to people’s lives but also the financial loss to the UHBVNL and inconvenience to people in case of disruption of power supply. A senior official of the department on request of anonymity accepted that some of the poles in different sectors were in bad shape and conceded that there was a need to take immediate action.Criticising the officials, Sunil Vashisth, president of Sector 15 resident welfare association, said that large number of poles was about to collapse but the authorities had been sleeping.
“They will wake up only after a tragedy takes place,” rued Vashisth. When contacted, superintending engineer Vijay Kumar Khurana said that the junior engineers had to keep a check on the condition of the electricity poles in their respective areas and to get the damaged ones repaired.
“We will conduct a survey and get all the damaged poles repaired at the earliest,” said Khurana. Besides, many open junction boxes and live wires, which the department has failed to cover, can be seen across the city. The common excuse given for the inefficiencies is shortage of staff.