Transformers and naked wires installed close to ground level are posing a grave threat to the lives of the people, yet Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has failed to take necessary action to rectify the placement of such equipment.
The lives of residents and commuters are at risk as collision with transformers or wires can prove fatal.
Several electricity poles, transformers and naked wires installed at inappropriate level are there in many areas including Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Pakhowal road, Ghumar Mandi, Sarabha Nagar, Maharaj Nagar, New Pratap Nagar, Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar and Haibowal.
Naked wires at BRS Nagar, Shingar Cinema Road, Field Ganj and other areas can lead to major mishaps. The open and broken boxes of street light connections also cry for attention at many city areas.
Electricity poles installed in the middle of the road at many places could be seen in Sarabha Nagar, Haibowal among other areas causing hindrance to the smooth flow of traffic. Electricity poles near Sarabha Nagar traffic lights and Sacred Heart Convent School have been troubling the commuters for long. Such issues are there even in the posh localities of the city.
"In the old city area, the condition of transformers and wires are pathetic," said area resident Gurpreet Singh.
Many transformers in the past have caught fire. "There are many transformers which are installed very near to the ground level at BRS Nagar. Despite several complaints, the authorities concerned did not pay any attention towards it. I have appealed to area councillor to get the needful done in this direction but to no avail," said another resident, seeking anonymity.
The issue is serious as it can result in a major mishap anytime. My work requires a lot of travelling in the city on regular basis and I see many transformers close to ground level. The officials concerned should do the needful.
There are several transformers installed at inappropriate level in BRS Nagar. These are very dangerous for the residents as well as commuters. Two days ago, a naked wire of a transformer electrocuted a calf. Something needs to be done about it.
The project to replace transformers is in process. The residents' woes will end after the completion of the work, which is expected to cover the whole city till the end of winters.
NP Singh, chief engineer, PSPCL