Residents of the areas, adjoining Ganda Nullah, along with ward number 39 councillor Sanjay Talwar, opposed the installation of new electricity poles along the nullah on Thursday. The municipal corporation's (MC) project to cover Ganda Nullah is already going on.
The residents claimed that the poles will come in the middle of the roads after covering the nullah. They alleged that the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) officials were ignoring the road safety norms by ordering to install new poles along the Ganda Nullah.
They claimed that the MC authorities have already appealed to the PSPCL to install electricity poles on proper places, so that the commuters would not have to suffer.
Councillor Sanjay Talwar said, “Earlier, the MC had paid to the PSPCL to shift old poles to a safe place, as they had to carry out the project to cover the nullah. Now, the PSPCL has ordered a firm to install new poles along the Ganda Nullah. But, these poles will cause inconvenience to the commuters and will also invite mishaps after covering of the nullah.”
“The PSPCL officials should pay attention towards the matter. Besides, the firm has installed the electricity meters at low height from road level. Water logging is common near Ganda Nullah due to which the electricity meters can also get damaged during rains,” he said. Talwar also informed that the work to install poles was stalled.
An official of firm, which was installing electricity poles, claimed that they had no information if MC had paid PSPCL to shift the old poles. He said they were installing the poles as per plan by the PSPCL.
PSPCL Ludhiana chief engineer Rashpal Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.