|April 4, 2014 at 7:06 pm #5289|
The open fuse boxes installed by the power department are posing a threat to the lives of pedestrians and school children in the villages of Salcete. The superintendent engineer of the electricity department Neelkanta Reddy who is also the public relation officer said that the electricity department has set up squads to inspect the open fuse boxes and preventive measures will be taken as soon as possible.
The open meter boxes can be found at Davorlim, Gogol, Housing board, Borda, Macazana, Fatorda, and Colva. Some of these open meter boxes are in a dilapidated condition with live wires lying close to the footpath which pose a great threat to lives of pedestrians and school children.
Some of these electric open meter boxes are installed near busy roads where school children commute every day.
Carmo Fernandes, a resident of Curtorim said that open meter boxes can be seen in parts of Curtorim, and Chandor areas. He pointed out that though the public have expressed their concern over the risk of these open meter boxes, no action has been taken by the authorities. He recalled that in the past abandoned live electric wires have caused injuries to human and animals.
Neves, a school teacher from Borda said that the electricity department should identify areas with open fuse boxes and the concerned authority should take immediate attention to thwart any serious accident. She said that these fuse boxes have been left open for years.
Neves said that every year the meter boxes get rusted and worn out due to the monsoon and none from the electricity department have been bothered to close these open fuse boxes.
The superintendent engineer of the electricity department Neelkanta Reddy who is also the public relations officer said that the department has been sending its personnel to these areas to ensure that the fuse boxes are closed.
He said that keeping such meter / fuse boxes open can give rise to thefts, as electric wires have been robbed in the past. Reddy said that they have replaced existing fuse boxes with new ones and a strict vigil is kept on the open fuse boxes.
An assistant engineer of power department said that the electric meter is a device installed to measure the amount of power used. Normally, there is no need for anyone other than a qualified electrician or authorised utility employee to open the meter boxes; however he said that some miscreants open the meter boxes and remove wires which are very costly. He said that the department officers must ensure that the meter / fuse boxes are closed at all times.
He said that opening the meter / fuse boxes requires obtaining permission from the authorities before breaking the seal and removing the meters.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Open fuse boxes posing threat in Salcete villages“