Overhead cables to go underground

August 24, 2009

The government has decided to move all overhead cables and electrical wires underground in phases to avert risk to public life and give the capital city a facelift.
‘We have decided to put all the cables underground as a huge number of overhead wires across the city are posing risk to public life as well as hampering beautification of the city,’ said Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, adviser to the prime minister, on Sunday.
Cables of all utility services like telephone, internet, television and electricity will be laid below ground in a coordinated way, he said after a meeting at the power and energy ministry.
‘Overhead cables are posing risk to people’s life. Many people have already been electrocuted. In no modern city, wires are arranged in such a manner,’ he said, adding that cables could be installed below the sidewalk.
The meeting was attended by state minister for power and energy Enamul Haque, power secretary Abul Kalam Azad and officials from home, information, telecommunication and public works ministries and Dhaka City Corporation.
The meeting decided to launch a pilot project on shifting cables and wires of some areas to study the viability of the plan.
A technical committee, headed by DCC chief engineer, was formed to recommend measures while the power secretary will chair the coordination committee. The technical committee will submit its report in six weeks to the coordination committee.
After receiving the report, the government will decide on funding options for the rearrangement works.
‘The fund can be arranged from the government, private sector or from the private-public partnership as massive investment will be needed to shift the cables,’ he said.

Courtesy of NewAgebd

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