Fragile power poles pose threat to people at Sippighat, Manglutan

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
29 Jun 2017

Rusted and damaged poles routing power supply to hundreds of household in Sippighat and Manglutan is posing threat to motorists and residents in the vicinity of the region. Some of the installations are in extreme precarious position likely to collapse any moment. But the Electricity Department has exhibited failure to check the condition of the electric poles and ensure timely replacement to prevent any untoward incident.
“Many of the power poles installed in this region have suffered damages during stormy weather in the past.  As part of maintenance, staff of the concerned Electricity division identified the damaged and rusted poles, but no replacement or corrective measures have been taken. The dangerous standing installation could cause serious accidents and the agency should act promptly to prevent such mishaps,” says Ravi, a resident of Sippighat.
“The fragile condition of the power poles is one reason for frequent power-cuts in the region. Even during mild breeze, the poles sway causing high tension lines to touch each other. This leads to short-circuit and the entire area plunges into darkness. Power resumes after at least 40 minutes. Recurring makeshift repairs to keep the poles intact has proved to be of little help. Moreover, the damaged poles pose serious threats to hundreds of motorists using the road stretch on a daily basis. The Power Department should act immediately to fix the problems in this region,” said another resident of Manglutan.