From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 9:52 AM
Subject: Government must ensure the safety of citizens
Greetings from PVCHR.
39 injured as power cable falls on houses in Khajuri Khas
TNN | Jun 24, 2011, 06.32am IST, The Times of India
NEW DELHI: A metal-coated manjha of a stray kite entangled on a nearby electricity tower in Khajuri Khas led to the havoc late Wednesday that left 39 people injured , officials of transmission utility Delhi Transco said .
After the incident took place , senior officials of Delhi Transco and the power department arrived at the site to assess what led to the snapping of the earth wire of the 220 KV line between the 440 KV Mandola and 22 KV Wazirabad sub-stations . "The inspection as well as information from the public gave out that a wire fell on the roof of an unauthorized building . However , it was an earth wire which snapped and it did not have current . We also found a kite with metal-coated manjha entangled on a nearby electricity tower and believe it came in contact with a live wire , leading to sparks and the snapping of the earth wire . It was also found that just beneath the line , the land has been encroached upon and there was a stock of bamboos beneath the line where the snapped earth wire fell. The sparks may have caused a fire in the stock of bamboos ,'' said a spokesperson for Delhi Transco .
The disaster management helpline received a call about the collapse of the wire around 8.50pm on Wednesday and the disaster management team started monitoring the rescue along with other agencies . "According to sources the preliminary inquiry shows the incident took place when an earth wire fell from the main line . Since the high-tension wires pass over several houses, the earth wire fell on furniture , clothes among other items kept on the roof . Once it heated up after coming in contact with the transformer , it led to a fire , injuring around 39 people ,'' sources said .
Transco officials said they had served notices on the occupants of the unauthorized constructions under the power lines ; the latest , served on June 3, warned them not to carry out constructions within 17.5m on bothsidesof the lines . "Whenever we find encroachment within the restricted area we get it removed with the help of land-owning agencies . These lines have been laid according to rules but people have encroached upon the land near the lines . The land under the lines does not belong to DTL. DTL has also written from time to time to agencies , including MCD, PWD , DDA, to remove the unauthorized constructions ,'' said the spokesperson . MCD said they had also launched an inquiry . "MCD is not responsible for removing illegal constructions from this area , as it is an unauthorized colony . We have still ordered an inquiry into the matter and the deputy commissioner of Shahdara (north )has been asked to
submit a report within three days ," said Deep Mathur ,director , press and information , MCD.
Sir, on behalf of PVCHR, I request you to look into the matter and take necessary action to ensure the safety and security of the people. People who are injured should be provided with necessary medical care and compensations.
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
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