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High tension wires create tension in House

High tension wires create tension in House
Delhi Government on Tuesday came under attack from Congress as well as BJP MLAs in Delhi Assembly for ‘failing’ to remove high tension power lines in various residential areas. Terming it as a major safety issue, a number of MLAs cutting across party lines demanded immediate removal of the high-tension lines from residential area citing several mishaps.

Power Minister Harun Yusuf said unauthorised structures have come up beneath major power transmission lines and there was a need to remove such constructions.

He, however, said that Government would try its best to remove transmission lines which pass through residential localities.

The Delhi Transco Ltd [DTL], which maintains the power transmission network in the city, had written to the city government several times as well as to the MCD to remove all unauthorised structures under the high-voltage power lines.

MLAs Naresh Gaud, Kulwant Rana, Satprakash Rana and Virender Singh said high tension power lines have criss crossed many residential areas in their constituencies which need to be removed urgently considering the safety issue.

In last one year, DTL had served notice to around 5,000 people to remove unauthorised structures.

Power department officials said unauthorised constructions not only create hindrance in efficient functioning of transmission system but often damage the transmission lines and other electrical installations.

As per electricity act, a 35 meter [17.5 meter on each side of transmission line] ‘Right of Way’ is required for a 220 KV transmission line and while for a 400 KV line, 52 meter of space [26 meter on each side] is required to ensure proper maintenance of the transmission lines and safety of general public.
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