Patna, Jan. 9: Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu) has stepped up its drive to change the faulty and dilapidated transmission lines falling under its jurisdiction.
Pesu officials said the primary objective of the drive is to ensure that people do not suffer from erratic power supply.
“Pesu has already identified the places where transmission lines are in a dilapidated state and can fall anytime. Therefore, we have launched a special drive to replace the faulty 33KV, 11KV and LT lines. The replacement will be done in a phase-wise manner within a stipulated time frame,” Pesu general secretary S.K.P Singh told The Telegraph.
“Out of the total 10,000km transmission lines falling under Pesu area, 2,700km would be changed by the year end. Over 500km cables are in extremely critical state and would be replaced first. The work to replace dilapidated lines between Kankerbagh and Patna City has already begun,” Singh said adding the undertaking has sufficient wires for the purpose.
Earlier, during a high-level meeting of the energy department on Friday, chief minister Nitish Kumar had expressed his concerns over the dilapidated electric wires in the state and directed the authorities to replace all 72,000km of cables in a phase-wise manner on a priority basis.
Singh said the undertaking has decided to observe the second and the fourth Monday of every month as “safety day” in all the circles and divisional offices falling under Pesu.
During the safety day, all chief engineers, superintending engineers, executive engineers and assistant engineers would visit their respective power sub-stations.
“These officials would instruct the employees on how to maintain safety norms within the premises. These technical workers would be apprised of the methodologies and techniques to use breakers, power transformers, supply transformers, conductors and feeders so that any mechanical problems can be averted,” he said.
“The technical workers at these power sub-stations work under highly risky circumstances. They do not even have the basic facilities like gloves and gumboots,” he added.