For the past 15 days, a 300-kV transformer placed directly by the roadside near Baba Balak Nath temple at Basti Danishmandan road here has been putting lives at risk.
The transformer, which supplies electricity to nearby areas, has no warning sign except a small red flag attached with a pole, and has been temporarily covered with cement roofing sheets.
Gobind Nagar resident Sudhir Kumar said frequent short-circuits in the transformer, and water-logging on the road further endangered commuters. However, he pointed out that the locals should have protested when the transformer was being placed there.
Raj Kumar, another local, said Powercom officials had placed the transformer on the roadside when they were repairing a fault, 15 days ago.
"They claimed that it was a temporary measure and would soon fit the transformer onto poles. The lives of more than 200 people who visit the temple every Sunday are at risk, but they have not done anything yet," he alleged.
Claiming he had no knowledge about a transformer being kept on the roadsise, ward councillor and senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia said he would be able to comment only after talking to concerned officials.
Powercom sub-divisional officer JaswinderSingh said the higher authorities had been informed about the issue.
"We will remove that transformer and instead install a 200-kV transformer within a day," he claimed.