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.”
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
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...
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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
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.