Bengaluru: With the city experiencing long and frequent power cuts whenever it rains, Bescom will soon launch a massive project to take power cables underground. The project has been taken up on priority, not only because of frequent damage to cables because of falling trees and branches, but also because of increasing number of electrocutions.
A senior Bescom officer told Deccan Chronicle that the paper work is almost complete and work orders will be issued soon. "In the first phase, we will carry out work in 29 areas that have been surveyed and they include HSR Layout, BTM Layout, Ramamurthy Nagar, Chamarajpet, Peenya, Domlur and Indiranagar. These areas have been suffering frequent power cuts because of trees and branches falling on wires and transformers," he said.
The project will help convert 11 KV overhead high-tension cables into underground cables and aerial bundled cables. "The project will be carried out in four phases and we expect the first phase to take over a year to complete. The cost of the first phase is approximately Rs 1,800 crore," he said.
Underground cables will also prevent electrocutions. "Over the last one year, we have witnessed over 10 fatalities with people coming in contact with live wires. For all these problems, the only solution is to take power lines underground and it also prevents wires from getting damaged," he said....