MSEDCL’s illegal DPs causing problems: PMC

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has blamed Maharashtra State Electrical Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) for creating obstacles on footpaths by installing electrical Distribution Panels (DP).

Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has blamed Maharashtra State Electrical Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) for creating obstacles on footpaths by installing electrical Distribution Panels (DP). According to the civic body, DPs are a major obstacle on footpaths after hawkers and illegal stalls. The PMC has not given permission to MSEDCL to install DPs on footpaths. 

During the monthly General Body meeting, the Electrical Department of PMC informed that MSEDCL has installed DPs on footpaths and they don’t have the exact numbers of how many of them have been placed on the footpaths. They said that they have not provided any permission to MSEDCL to install the DPs on the footpaths. “It is the MSEDCL’s responsibility to shift the DPs, which are creating an obstacle to pedestrians. The length of roads in the city is 1,400 km, in which 574 km have footpaths. The footpaths have width of 1.80 metre on both sides of roads,” the department said. 

On the other side, Aniruddha Pawaskar, Additional Chief Superintendent of Road Department of PMC said, “Pedestrians are unable to walk or use footpaths due to hawkers, and stalls. In addition to this, there are the electrical polls and DPs. The Anti-Encroachment Department of PMC is taking action against hawkers and removing them to make footpaths free for pedestrians to walk. However, we can’t remove DPs as they are MSEDCL properties.” 

“During the coordination committee meeting of MSEDCL officials and corporation officials held two months ago, this issue was discussed. It was decided that MSEDCL should shift the DPs on one side of the footpaths or in parallel to the road instead of the horizontal direction,” he added. 

Shriniwas Kandul, Chief Superintendent of Electrical Department of PMC, made allegations that MSEDCL does not share any  information before the installation of DPs. 

Sachin Talewar, Chief Engineer of MSEDCL of Pune circle, said, “Actually, we should have utility corridor on the side of the road. However, due to lack of it, DPs have been installed there. Now, we are taking precautions to set up DPs on one side of the footpath. For old DPs, we are shifting them to one corner. We do not have information of total DPs, which may be obstructing pedestrians.”

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