‘Dangerous’ electric poles pose threat to Khanyar residents

Srinagar, Nov 9: Old Wooden electric poles with drooping electric wires which people exactly are not able to remember when were erected, are giving a tough time to the residents of Mir Mohalla Kha...

Srinagar, Nov 9: Old Wooden electric poles with drooping electric wires which people exactly are not able to remember when were erected, are giving a tough time to the residents of Mir Mohalla Khanyar.
 The residents are under a constant threat of some obnoxious incident which they believe can occur if the authorities do not take due notice to change these electric poles.
 The residents believe that these poles and the wires hanging on them are posing danger to them through out the year.
 "These poles are about more than 50 years old, so in winters we are always under the threat that these poles may collapse because of the weight of the snow. And in summers we usually face short circuit because the wires often melt which causes a great problem," said Muhammad Sidiq Bhat, a resident.
 According to the residents, they have made several requests to the Executive Engineer Khanyar regarding this matter, who had promised them to make the required change but did not take any action in real sense.
 Pointing towards an old pole lying on the ground Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh, a resident said, "This pole was leaning for a very long time and on repeated requests few days back it was replaced by another electric pole which is equally old."
 These residents are also worried about the cluttered electric wires which they say are very old and should be replaced with the newer ones.
 "These wires are very old and are newer changed since many years. These usually start melting in hot summer and often fell down on street which poses a great danger to the pedestrians. Besides there is so much jumbling of these wires that it has taken a form of a small electric grid. There is every possibility of some mishap to take place," said the residents.
 They further added, "We request the concerned authorities to look into the matter seriously so that any untoward incident can be avoided."
 Residents said since then the PDD officials have not paid any attention to the problems.
 On repeated attempts, no PDD official from the area was available for comment.

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