National Institute of Technology (NIT) has decided to upgrade its electrical supply lines, having learnt a bitter lesson from Tuesday’s power disaster that led to the death of four buffaloes.
NIT director Rambabu Kodali said the Adityapur tech cradle had decided to change over to underground electricity cables, admitting the existing power lines were dangerously worn out.
“We were toying with the idea of underground electrical wiring for quite sometime. But, now we have decided to start the project as early as possible to prevent the recurrence of accidents,” the director said.
He said according to earlier estimates, they would need around Rs 5.5 crore to make the change. “We will float tenders for the project shortly,” he said.
NIT has conducted an internal enquiry on Tuesday’s mishap in which four buffaloes were electrocuted after an 11,000 KVA live wire fell on the campus just before the animals had been sent off to graze.
The probe, conducted by professor M. Tigga, revealed what power supplier Jusco has been saying all along: NIT needs to upgrade its power distribution network urgently.
In the light of the findings, NIT has decided to compensate Ram Pravesh, a milkman who owned the cattle, by paying him Rs 1.6 lakh.
Director Kodali admitted the power lines that criss-cross the 350 acre campus were in very bad shape and posed a threat to the students and faculty.
“The electricity poles and overhead wires are over five decades old and have worn out with the passage. The have become weak at several places,” he said.