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Cable TV lines on electric poles pose risk of accidents

Published : Friday, 9 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 337

RAJSHAHI, Nov 8: The cable TV lines are coiled with electric poles all around the city, which are posing risk of accidents.
The cable TV linemen are fixing the wires on the poles and leaving the unnecessary parts on them. As a result, the electric lines and the cable TV lines have become intermixed.
The dish lines are found all over the city roads. In many places, bird nests have been found inside dish line boxes, which cause electric short circuits very often.
Though the situation is alarming, the Northern Electricity Supply Company Limited (NESCO) is not taking any steps to remove the cable clots. Meanwhile, NESCO sources said they have taken the responsibility from Power Development Board (PDB) several days back, and now they will remove the clots.
As the dish lines hang from power cables, those sometimes get severed following any storm or rainfall, stopping the power supply.
NESCO sources said fixing dish line with electricity poles is illegal. Those who are doing cable TV network business are violating the rule. Though they were cautioned in this connection, they are not following the restrictions.
The hanging cable clots are causing accidents like electrocution very often. Besides, these are damaging the beauty of city streets.
The dish lining system of the city is totally dependent on electricity poles now. Due to lack of steps by the authority concerned, the city dwellers are not getting rid of the problem.
Caretaker Engineer of NESCO Hasina Dilruba said the cable TV service providers are violating rules while spreading their network across the city. The matter will be discussed in next NESCO meeting.
Chief Engineer of Rajshahi City Corporation Ashraful Haque said the cable TV service providers did not take their permission while giving lines. Many a times, the bulbs on the electric poles are not found.
A cable TV service provider Rabiul Islam Tozu said, "We pay rent to the power office for using their electricity poles. I don't know the current situation of the dish lines as my partners look after the business."

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