Though dangling high tension wires continue to pose threat to the lives of commuters at various locations in the city, it seems the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has turned a blind eye towards this menace.
Apart from that, the electricity poles installed on the roads are also a big hindrance in the smooth flow of traffic. A few months ago, two persons were injured after their two-wheeler got entangled with the broken wires that fell down from a electricity pole, which was hit by a truck on Hambran Road. The loosely hanging wires sometimes come in contact with the heavy vehicles.
It is pertinent to mention here that HT has several times highlighted how these electricity poles in the middle of the roads are posing grave threat to the commuters, who have for long been demanding that these poles be shifted but to no avail. Several poles are in a dilapidated condition and can fall anytime.
Such faulty poles can be seen on Hambaran road, Mall road, Habowal Kalan and Abdullapur Basti among others.
Satish Thaman, member of District Ludhiana West Sub-Division Grievances Redressal Committee, said, “I have complained to the PSPCL several times regarding this issue as several electricity poles are about to fall. But the department concerned have taken no action against this issue. Moreover, PSPCL should formed special investigation team (SIT) to check out the workings of the officials”.
A few days ago, a car met with an accident after it hit an electricity pole on Mall Road. The pole is about to fall but still the department concerned has not taken any action. The employees of the department reached at the spot five days after several complaints.
One of the city residents said he complained to the PSPCL regarding this issue but still the department has turned a blind eye towards the same. “It seems that the PSPCL is waiting for mishaps to take place,” he added.
PSPCL should ensure that faulty electricity poles are taken care of to avoid road mishaps. Dangling wires can be seen at several places. The people have been appealing to the authorities to come up with a solution to their problems.
Navdeep Sachdeva, resident of Kitchlu Nagar
The dilapidated electricity poles have cause road mishaps in the past. This issue shouldn't be ignored as it can prove fatal for the commuters. Such a problem is common in Ludhiana so PSPCL should redress the residents' problems.
I will direct the officials concerned to take care of the faulty electricity poles to ensure that the residents do not suffer from any problem.
HS Jogi, officiating chief engineer, PSPCL
PSPCL should immediately replace the faulty electricity poles as these can cause mishaps. PSPCL should take action against the concerned area officer for not coming up with a solution to such problems.
Gurpreet Singh Gogi, ward number 53