MSEDCL asks its engineers to clampdown on illegal cables fixed on its structures by LCOs
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has directed its superintending engineers, O&M circle to remove illegally fixed communication cables on its structures by the local cable operators (LCOs).
The circular dates 12th June 2019 states that many incidences regarding fatal and non-fatal accidents, while illegally fixing communication cables on MSEDCL structures/lines by LCOs have been reported.
It further stated that this act on behalf of LCOs is not only illegal but also causing a threat to the safety of MSEDCL’s lines/equipments and men working on these lines/equipments.
“The illegal cables are also resulting in loss of human lives, hardship to the consumers due breakdown on lines/equipments and financial losses to MSEDCL,” it added.
Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) had issued an order dated 29th June 2006 directing removal of all encroachments on MSEDCL’s poles from the cable operators immediately to avoid any untoward incidents due to it.
The circular stated that there is total negligence from MSEDCL side on this illegal action of communication/cable operators at the local level. The management has considered these incidences very seriously, it added.
“In view of the above, it is instructed that all the cables illegally fixed on any MSEDCL structures, DTCs, HT & LT lines etc. shall be removed immediately. It shall be ensured that no such cables are fixed illegally on our structure in the future,” the MSEDCL stated.
It also said that responsibility should be fixed on concerned section engineer and line staff of the section if any such illegal cables are found on any structure. SDO & EE, during their visits, should always check for such illegal actions, it further noted.
However, the engineers have been asked to allow communication cables fixed by Mahanet, after taking due permission of nodal officer Ex. Engineer (MSEDCL) as per Govt. Resolution dated 17.02.2018.
Further, a public notice will have to be given in local newspapers through PRO for creating awareness in the public, regarding not to fix such cables on our structures. “The local revenue authority shall be informed about this decision of MSEDCL,” it added.
The circular also noted that if any accident, to human beings/animals, fatal/non-fatal and damages to MSEDCL’s Property occurs, a complaint shall be lodged against the owner/agencies in local police station and compensation be claimed from these agencies.
SEs/CEs have also been requested to take a review of the removal of illegal cables on MSEDCL structures during their monthly review.