PUNE: Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has agreed to shift feeder pillars which are creating hurdles in PMC’s urban street design work. The decision was taken during a joint meeting of top officials of MSEDCL and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
On January 14, 2020, Sakal Times published a report on MSEDCL feeder pillars obstructing PMC’s urban street design works. On Wednesday, Additional Municipal Commissioner Shantanu Goel conducted a joint meeting of MSEDCL officials and PMC Road Department and Electrical Department officials.
A feeder pillar is a cabinet for electrical equipment, mounted on the street, which controls the electrical supply to a number of houses in the neighbourhood.
While speaking with Sakal Times, PMC Additional city Engineer Aniruddha Pawaskar said, “During the meeting, we showed a presentation of how feeder pillars are obstructing road works. MSEDCL Chief Engineer and other officials said there are around 2,500 feeder pillars that are creating obstacles to pedestrians on footpaths as well. The feeder pillars will be shifted phase-wise. In the first phase, we will shift 300 feeder pillars on corner of footpaths so that it will not disturb the pedestrians.”
He said, “MSEDCL has decided to introduce new type of feeder pillars which will take less space to be installed and they would not create obstacles on the footpaths. Also, PMC will not pay extra charges to MSEDCL for shifting feeder pillars.”