Chances of electrical accidents looms large over Raipur

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Nov 2017 10:41:55


Staff Reporter,


Condition of transformers installed in different localities of the state capital threatens potential accidents.
Any death due to risky way of power supply amounts to a case under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code, which reads causing death by negligence. Raipur Police has told that in case of any such death, the police will investigate to identify the department, authority or functionary responsible for criminal negligence.

A social activist Inderjit Singh Chabra, member of the committee constituted as per directives of National Green Tribunal’s Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal, for reporting on cleanliness arrangements in Raipur, has observed that transformers in several localities are not only installed in risky way, but also at many places the wires hang loosely.
Close to these sites, people are doing the brisk business of betel, cigarettes, ‘Gutkha’, tea through kiosks, where people visit casually. The transformers and the wires may generate curiosity in children who are noticed playing near such sites and it is easy for them to access to the place, Chabra said. It is also noticed that stray cattle also graze near by.

It is worth mentioning that in the limits of Urla police station a construction worker had died as a result of coming in contact with overhead electricity wire while working in a house. Urla police investigated the matter registered case against the concerned house owner.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Raipur (City), Vijay Agrawal told this newspaper that in case of any death due electrical accident the police will investigate and take appropriate action against the person responsible for criminal negligence.

It may be mentioned that neighbouring steel city, Bhilai, lends an ideal picture regarding transformers, with reference to BSP township.
All the transformers are isolated and surrounded by barbed fence having gates always locked. Only the electrical department workers can enter this place. Enough awareness is generated among the local people and they never try to get near them.

Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Director (Operation and Maintenance) HR Narware told this newspaper that in Raipur city a great difficulty is faced to get adequate space for installing transformers.
No person is ready to spare space and at times it has
become difficult to fix electric pole even.