By Ashish Rajput:
Two consecutive incidents of falling of 11 KV live electricity wires reported in Dindori and Jabalpur districts cost the life of a farmer and eight buffalos while another farmer was critically injured in the incident
Tragic incidents of felling live electricity wires should be eye opener for the Power Distribution Companies and the State Government. Power distribution network become vulnerable to untoward incidents causing lives and properties due to absence of maintenance of weak power distribution infrastructure. Two consecutive incidents of felling 11 KV live electricity wires reported in Dindori and Jabalpur districts cost the life of a farmer and eight buffalo while another farmer was critically injured in the incident. Farmer named Shiv Prasad Yadav (45), a resident of Bhusanda village in Dindori district was electrocuted due to felling of 11 KV line while Fool Singh (50) sustained critical injuries.
In another incident of felling 11 KV wire, eight buffalo were electrocuted in Belkhera village in Jabalpur district. It may be noted that Madhya Pradesh Poorva Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company has completed maintenance of 33 KV’s 512 of total 666 feeders and 11 KV’s 1,743 feeders out of total 4,698 feeders in Jabalpur, Sagar, Rewa and Shahdol regions and maintenance of 33 KV’s 154 feeders and 11 KV’s 2,955 feeders is still pending. Along with the maintenance of power distribution feeders, maintenance of sub-stations 690 of total 1,137 sub-stations is also pending for monsoon. Madhya Pradesh Poorva Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company, Chief Engineer, Jabalpur Region, Prakash Dubey, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, termed the incident of Dindori district as a natural calamity.
He informed that the electricity line was damaged due to high velocity winds and said for taking information about the incident in Belkhera village, Jabalpur. He informed that damaging power distribution infrastructure due to high velocity winds and uprooting of trees is a common phenomenon prior to the monsoon season. CE, Dubey added that both the incidents have no relation with the maintenance works and the company is ensuring quality electricity supply round the clock in all the eight districts of Jabalpur Region.
He admitted that the maintenance of power distribution network has been delayed by 3 – 4 months due to State Assembly and General Elections but maintenance of important areas has been completed. He informed that the maintenance of remaining power infrastructure will be soon started with the declining temperature. He informed that the maintenance has been stopped to avoid inconvenience of consumers and field employees during soaring mercury. However, the power distribution company has been stopped for the convenience of consumers and field employees but a long delay in maintenance work leads to adversely affect the weak power infrastructure and vulnerable for untoward incidents.