PMC to allow open trenching for pvt telcoms for laying cables

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 1 March 2019

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration proposed Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) instead of open trenching to lay down Optical Fibre Cables (OFC) to avoid damage to roads.

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration proposed Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) instead of open trenching to lay down Optical Fibre Cables (OFC) to avoid damage to roads. According to the PMC, HDD will help maintain quality and lower the cost of repairing roads. 

However, corporators have opposed this concept and have decided to reject the administration’s suggestion and want to introduce traditional methods of open trenching to lay down OFC, under pressure from private telecom companies. 

The PMC Road Department drafted a policy in 2016 and the same was approved by the General Body meeting in February 2018.
 
In this policy, the PMC adopted HDD trenching as it is environmentally-friendly and cost efficient, fast and causes minimal inconvenience to people. HDD technology is useful for laying down cables as they are flexible and bend at angles.
 
The PMC had framed charges of Rs 10,155 per running metre for HDD. 

However, last month, due to pressure from private telecom companies and corporators, the administration proposed charges of Rs 7,550 per running metre for open trenching for telecom companies.
 
On Friday, the PMC General Body approved the administration’s proposal and rejected their earlier decision of using HDD technology for trenching. 

Now, the PMC will charge Rs 7,550 per running metre and allow companies to lay down OFC. 

Currently, the PMC Road Department is allowing open trenching to Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Limited (MSEDCL) to lay down gas and electrical lines through open trenching.

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