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Bangalore’s power cables to go underground soon

Around 6,900 kilometres of 11kV high-tension overhead lines in the Bangalore Metropolitan Area Zone will soon take an underground route, according to BESCOM officials.

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BESCOM will convert overhead 11kV electric wires to underground across Bengaluru in a four-phase project. (Representative Image/AP File Photo)

In a bid to bring down instances of power disruption and cases of electrocution, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) has decided to carry out underground cabling work in the city.

Around 6,900 kilometres of 11kV high-tension overhead lines in the Bangalore Metropolitan Area Zone will soon take an underground route, according to BESCOM officials.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, BESCOM MD C Shikha said that laying underground cables will bring down risks and untoward situations due to tree fall and damage to electric poles. “These are the primary reasons for power interruptions which can be prevented if cables are laid underground,” she said.

At the same time, BESCOM stated that 29 most vulnerable areas have been identified to begin the project. BESCOM is scheduled to complete the first two of the four-phased project in 18 months since the time the work begins. An estimated cost of Rs 1,839 crore has been earmarked for this project. While 29 sub-divisions will be covered in the initial phase, 34 other sub-divisions will be completed in the later stages, an officer from the project section said.

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However, Shikha added that the work will begin only after the monsoon.

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The areas that will be covered in the first two phases include Jayanagar, JP Nagar, BTM Layout, RR Nagar, Chamrajpet, Frazer Town, Shivajinagar, Hanumanthanagar, HSR Layout, Agara, Domlur, Mahalakshminagar, Malleshwaram, Sadashivnagar, Mathikere, Yeshwantpur, Yelahanka, Jakkur, Shantinagar, Basaveshwaranagar, Jayamahal, Peenya, Nandini Layout, Indiranagar, Domlur, Nagarbhavi, Rammurthy Nagar, Sahakarnagar, and Rajajinagar.

Frequent and long power cuts have been annoying residents since mid-May as BESCOM continues to draw flak over the same. “In Bangalore power goes off as soon as the first thunder lightening occurs or it starts raining. Power doesnt come back when rain stops.Can anyone solve this riddle? someone said about inefficiency of #bescom staff. Does same happen in ur city? (sic.),” a user tweeted.

Another person tweeted that he was facing power cuts for more than 12 hours in HSR Layout, pointing out that multiple calls and tweets failed to get a response from the BESCOM team.

Safety concerns have also been pointed out by many on social media and otherwise.

At the same time, the death toll due to electrocution in the city has been on an alarming rise since April 2019. A total of seven deaths have been reported since then in and around areas of Bangalore city.

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While BESCOM officials reiterated that special awareness programmes in schools and in neighbourhoods and societies are being held and radio advertisements and pamphlets are being distributed to curtail these incidents, the plan of cables being laid underground to replace the existing overhead lines is expected to be a relief to many.