Don’t touch any electricity poles, PMC warns citizens

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 1 September 2018

According to Electrical Department, there are 1.4 lakh electricity street poles in the city, of which the administration is claiming 40 per cent poles have proper earthing system.

Pune: Avoid physical contact with any electricity pole on the city roads to avoid getting electrocuted. This is the appeal issued by the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Electrical Department. The appeal was made following the death of a 12-year-old boy in Warje due to electrocution last week. Now, the PMC is facing a police inquiry about the incident.

The PMC has undertaken a survey of electricity poles and the work to add earthing system is going on. The PMC has appealed to people that as they are placing earthing on each pole, people should avoid any contact with the poles. They should also not take any connection from the poles during the festival season. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Shriniwas Kandul, Chief Superintendent of the PMC Electrical Department said, “We have started work of earthing of each electricity pole in the city. After completion of work, we will check earthing system of the poles every month. We have assigned the responsibility to the deputy electrical engineer of each ward office to maintain a record and submit it to main electrical office in their respective ward area.”

According to Electrical Department, there are 1.4 lakh electricity street poles in the city, of which the administration is claiming 40 per cent poles have proper earthing system.
  
On August 19, a 12-year-old boy Prithviraj Vishal Chavan studying in Std VI at an English medium school in Warje was electrocuted while parking his bicycle against the street pole. Later, it was revealed that the accident happened as the pole had no earthing. The Pune police filed charges of negligence against Pune Municipal Corporation’s Electrical Department officials.

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