Electricity poles that are installed in middle of road are creating hurdles for commuters. Despite several complaints, the municipal corporation (MC) and the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) have failed to take any action in this regard.
Two persons were injured after their twowheeler got entangled in the broken live wires that fell down with an electricity pole after it was hit by a truck on the Hambran Road on December 11 last year.
It is pertinent to mention here that HT has several times highlighted how these electricity poles in the middle of the roads are posing a grave threat to the commuters, who have for long been demanding that these poles be shifted, but in vain.
These electricity poles are risky for the outsiders, who are not aware of the roads as mishaps can happen during night due to these poles. Moreover, there are several poles that are bent or are about to fall. Authorities concerned should replace these poles or repair them so that no mishap occurs in the future.
The MC had given around `3.6 lakh to Punjab State Power Corporation Limited for removal of such poles in September last year. Several poles were removed by the authorities concerned, but areas, including Habowal, Hambaran road, Kitchlu Nagar Road, Salem Tabri and Gill Road, in the city still have poles in the middle of the roads.
District Ludhiana west sub-division grievances redressal committee member Satish Thaman said, “The MC had done appreciable work by shifting five electricity poles that were installed in the middle of the roads, but there are many more poles in the city like on the Hambaran Road, Salem Tabri and Kitchlu Nagar that are hindering the smooth flow of traffic. Many accidents occur at night due to these electricity poles as they are not visible at night. Authorities should remove all such poles.”