Electrocution kills nearly 30 Indians a day



Saleem Saifi, 29, was on his way home when an overhead wire fell on him on a waterlogged road in Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri. Saifi was electrocuted along with passerby Hoshiar Singh who had rushed to his rescue. Both families are distraught after losing their sole breadwinners. But the tragedy isn’t theirs alone.


Every year thousands of Indians are getting electrocuted in freak accidents on streets dotted with damaged power cables. In 2015 alone, 9,986 electrocution deaths were recorded across the country with Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan each witnessing over 1,000 casualties, according to latest data available with the National Crime Records Bureau.


The numbers may be shocking but they have done little to prompt authorities into action or get them to put safety checks in place. In fact, the problem seems to be getting worse.


TOI accessed data from the Directorate of Electrical Safety (Uttar Pradesh) which showed that electrocution deaths in the state have almost doubled in the last seven years — from 570 in 2012-13 to nearly 1,120 in 2018-19. Authorities only swing into action when something big -- like when 50 kids in UP’s Balrampur district were injured after a high tension wire fell on a school -- makes national headlines. "Eyewitnesses claimed the wire was dangling for several months and used to swing during heavy rain and wind. Villagers had made several complaints to the power department to remove the wire but in vain," Harihar Prasad, Basic Shiksha Adhikari, said.


It was only after the tragic incident that the the UP go nment directed officials to prepare a list of schools with high tension wires passing above them. The state now plans to shift overhead lines and strengthen power infrastructure by repairing dilapidated wires and replacing bamboo poles with conventional electricity poles. Such measures were long needed in a state where more than 5,700 people have been electrocuted in the last seven years.


Experts said that in developing countries like India, there is less awareness on safety and electric equipment is often not used as per standards laid down. While the normal distance between two electric poles should be 50 feet and pillar height at least 18 feet, these guidelines are mostly flouted. Power lines have remained above ground where they are prone to physical deterioration and outages. Gusty winds can snap even the strongest lines and towers, letting them fall on unsuspecting victims, like in a recent incident in UP’s Sambhal where four kids were electrocuted in June as a live wire fell on a tube well pool where they were bathing. Sarvesh Saini, father of two boys who perished in the incident, told TOI, “There is no joy left in our lives.”

专家表示,在印度等发展中国家,人们的安全意识较薄弱,电力设备往往不符合规定的标准。虽然两根电线杆之间的正常距离应为50英尺,电线杆高度至少应为18英尺,但这些标准大多被无视。电线在地面上,容易出现物理故障和中断。强风甚至能折断最坚固的电线和高架塔,然后掉落在毫无防备的受害者身上,就像最近发生在北方邦桑珀尔的一起事故。今年6月,一根电线落在孩子们正在洗澡的一个管井里,导致四名孩子触电身亡。Sarvesh Saini是其中两个男孩的父亲,他说:“我们生活已经没有欢乐了。”

Such heart-rending incidents can be avoided through underground cabling. European countries like Germany and Denmark have already done that. A major reason power companies resist burying wires is that it costs several times more than stringing it overhead. Thus, many in India continue to reside in houses where high-tension wires are very close to the roof. In July, Riya Devyani, 10, was playing on the terrace of her house in Housing Board Colony, Ajmer, when she suffered 70% burn injuries; her right hand was amputated.


In Madhya Pradesh, high tension wires electrocuted 1,708 in 2016. Sukhveer Singh, MD of Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL), said people are advised to build houses at safe distance from power lines yet only a few heed this warning. According to chief personnel officer of Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam, Rakesh Sharma, 293 electrocution deaths and 108 injuries recorded in Rajasthan in 2018-19 were attributed to negligence of power companies. In April and May this year, power firms have been held responsible for 63 fatalities.


Consumer rights activist Anil Galgali said, “We are demanding inspection of all areas by power firms to point out any flaw or exposed wires which can lead to electrocution.” But an official from a power utility firm categorically said it was not possible. “We check regularly for faulty wiring but it is not possible to check every building daily,” he said.



译文来源:阿巴森 http://www.abaripsen.com/48141.html   译者:Jessica.Wu


India Rising•2 hours ago

Why cant the cables go underground? Learn from developed countries.



Ulhas Vajre•NAVI MUMBAI•2 hours ago

Unimaginable co ption in political and administration systems resulted in no value of human life. Blinded by power and money the politicians and administrators see nothing beyond self, let common people live or die..who bothers? Safety is our last priority.



TheIndian•India•2 hours ago

infrastructure is not modernized. there is a lot of issues with the muncipality depts. no proper skill set of people for planning.



Loyal Marathi•3 hours ago

This is how India will qualify to be a super ''Power'' nation

这就是印度成为一个“超级”大国 的方式


Baresi•3 hours ago

AT least in cities, electric lines should be housed underground.



Rajesh•Bangalore•3 hours ago

Yet another proof, how carelessly these Govt work. They are very irresponsible, which is something which you will hardly see in a developed country.



Rene Fernandez•juffair•3 hours ago

Sub standard cable and new technology which is acceptable in the developed world must only be used in India . This is an urgent change required to save lives . It is a shocking news and not acceptable anymore



Jaihind•Unknown•3 hours ago

No issues, these are small things and common, our hindu men, children, muslim or christians are killed due to bad infrastructure, road accidents, electrocuted are fine, nothing wrong in it...



aaaa bbbb•4 hours ago

not good



Vishwa Kumar•Unknown•4 hours ago

The hope of most of the wiring is done under the ground. They need to find some latest technologies to keep High tension wires safe from public.



Anil•4 hours ago

This is a very serious issue pan India. We too must upgrade from the overhead loops to safe modern way.



agpatel•5 hours ago

Mr. Modi Where R U ! i think we are steel at 19@ century

莫迪先生,你在哪里! 我认为我们仍停留在19世纪啊。


Sourav Mukherjee•Kolkata•5 hours ago

The electricity distribution companies operating in India are hugely negligent , avoid minimum safety measures in the name of austerity



Work is Worship•5 hours ago

Electricity theft leaves lose wires hanging around, rainy season also leads to hazards. A review of infrastructure is needed. It''s been ages that nothing concrete has been done so far.


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