Bent electricity poles, hanging wires pose grave risks to commuters

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2014 14:10 IST

Tilted and broken electricity poles and hanging high tension wires on the Chandigarh Road near Focal Point Phase 8 is posing a threat to commuters. Many of the poles in the area are either tilted or broken. Thus, passersby remain at a risk of some unwanted accident, especially during rain or storm.

Ravinder Sharma, a resident of GK Estate said, “This is my daily route and I fear that someday some person will come across these wires.”

Few electricity poles are broken from the point where the wires get support. Thus, during stormy or rainy weather the commuters found it risky to pass by and being a main road, the commuters have no alternate way.

The situation was no different in other parts of the city. A pole was reported to be half-broken and had fallen on a nearby wall at Lodhi Club, BRS Nagar. The wires are hanging from the pole and it was feared that this half-broken and tilted electric pole could fall any time.

Rashpal Singh, chief engineer PSPCL Central Zone said, “The work of replacing old infrastructure and bringing in new projects is ongoing by Larson and Turbo (L&T) Company under R-APDRP Scheme. The work in many areas of the city is in full swing and slowly we are moving to other parts of city.”

He added the work was being done on priority basis and the poles or wires posing threat to people would be replaced immediately.

It was worth mentioning that under R-APDRP state government got more than `400 crore budget to upgrade the power stations and other desired infrastructure.

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