Kolkata Municipal Corporation to check lampposts, to prevent accident IG News

Nirufa Khatun: The Calcutta Municipality (KMC) was shaken after the Haridebpur accident. The municipality will test all the electricity poles in the city. Besides, the city authorities have started a third party investigation with the Director of Electricity of the State Electricity Board and a professor of the Electrical Department of Jadavpur University to find out the reason behind how the pole was electrocuted. Besides, more awareness is being taken in the slums. The CESC and the municipality will jointly inspect the slums to find out which ones are dangerous.

Mayor Firhad Hakim sat in an emergency meeting in the municipality on Monday. City Commissioner Binod Kumar and officials of the sewage department were present. The mayor promised to stay by the side of the deceased’s family. On the same day, Mayor (Sewerage) Tarak Singh said that all the electricity poles of the municipality and CESC will be inspected. Check each pole with a tester to see if it is electrically conductive. Besides, they have been asked to check all the electrical items of CESC in the streets. Trifle lights will also be tested. There are LED lights on the lighthouse, they will be removed. After the meeting, the municipality and CESC along with the State Electricity Board and Jadavpur University went to the spot and started investigation. Today, Tuesday, they will also visit the scene. The mayor has directed to submit the investigation report within two days.

[আরও পড়ুন: সংখ্যাতত্ত্ব মিলিয়ে দেখা যাচ্ছে মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ই মা সারদা, দাবি নির্মল মাজির]

The municipality has not yet filed an FIR against anyone at the police station. But the arrow of suspicion is on a local promoter. It was seen on the spot that a promoter was constructing next to the pole which was electrocuted. The municipality thinks that the promoter was illegally digging in the ground under the cursed pole and was constructing with electricity connection. The poles become electrically conductive due to accumulation of water in the rain. The same complaint was made by the local residents. Locals said the promoter’s meterbox next to where the construction was taking place was stealing electricity from the ground to cut off the CESC. Tarak Singh said the municipality would lodge a complaint with the police station after receiving the investigation report. The mayor reprimanded KEIIP at the meeting on water accumulation in Haridebpur area. From now on, the municipality will inspect every work of KEIIP. The boroughs have also been warned on this day. The municipality is providing extra people to test the electricity poles in the parks.

BSNL’s obsolete poles have been ordered to be removed, said Mayor Parishad (Alo) Sandiparanjan Bokshi. There are more than one thousand BSNL poles in the city. Most of these are no longer used. On the same day, the BSNL authorities alleged that the municipality had illegally occupied multiple telephone poles and installed lights. The municipality has installed lights on the poles that have been electrocuted. However, he also said that if the letter is received, the obsolete poles will be removed.

[আরও পড়ুন: সাময়িক স্বস্তি, দেশে করোনা সংক্রমণ কমল অনেকটা, অ্যাকটিভ কেসের বাড়বাড়ন্ত অব্যাহতই]

Police have also become more active in preventing accidents. Police officers from four traffic guards in the Behala area toured the area and conducted a survey. According to the report of the traffic guard, the authorities of Lalbazar have recently identified 25 ‘dangerous’ lampposts on several roads adjacent to Roy Bahadur Road, Rammohun Sarani, MG Road, James Long Sarani in Behala area. This time Lalbazar has decided to remove these ‘dangerous’ lampposts. Kolkata Police is talking to CESC about this.

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