Cable operators asked to free electric poles from wires

March 30, 2010

The ministry of power Monday asked the cable operators to free the electric poles of city areas from wires and cable lines, and use optic fiber cables of BTRC for safety grounds.
The ministry of power, energy and mineral resources directed Dhaka City Corporation, and Rajuk and BTRC authorities to take necessary steps to hold a meeting with the ISPAN and COAB leaders by this month.
‘The electric pools are in a very unprotected condition and they would fail to sustain in case of sever storms or heavy rainfall. We have to ensure people’s safety first,’ a top official of the power division told BSS following a joint meeting with the ISPN, COAB, BTRC, DCC, Rajuk, DESCO and DPDC officials.
The meeting was presided over by the state minister for power and energy, Enamul Haq, at the power division.
The power ministry also asked the BTRC officials to sit with the ISPN and cable operators and fix a reasonable charge for them to use the fibre optic cables.
Earlier in a meeting, the ministry had taken up a decision that two new areas in the city — Purbachal-2 and Uttara-3 — will be freed from electric poles, wires and cables like Singapore or any other smart city of the world.
As part of the capital city’s beautification project and for safety of the electric poles, the government took the initiative to free all electric poles from the tangles of various wires and cables in the two new areas.
Officials said due to wires and cables, the electric poles are in a vulnerable condition, ‘These poles are used for only electric wires, but what is now happening in and around these poles. Nobody even tries to understand the danger posed by these poles,’ the DPDC managing director, Ataul Masud, said.

Courtesy of BSS via NewAgebd

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