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Okhla seeks relocation of high tension wire: Is it feasible?

The death of one worker in Shaheen Bagh on Saturday after coming in touch of high tension wire, debate has raged in Okhla with residents demanding relocation of high tension wire. Is it feasible?

Mohd Inaam wrote: “Relocate high tension wire. If it can be done for Metro, why not for the colony?” Recently a high tension wire was relocated to a new place at Okhla Head. For long the issue of high tension wire is bothering residents. Moreover, a few deaths in the last few years have left residents deeply upset.

In Jamia Nagar, several houses are illegally built under high tension wire. Moreover, a notice too has been issued to all of them. A few years ago the buzz in the locality was that high tension wires would be moved to Yamuna but nothing like this has happened till now.

“People have started encroaching on the land under the power lines. The fact that a 220 kV power line was situated above the balcony of a building reflects utter violation of regulations,” said Rishi Raj Bhati, spokesperson of Delhi Transco Limited.

Despite violators being issued multiple notices there is no stop in construction work on land under high tension wire. As the houses are sold are cheap many residents don’t care for their safety and buy the house.

Lubina Iqbal wrote: “People are putting their lives at risk for a few bucks. People should have the sense to understand that money is not everything.” A meeting has been called today nearby the site to discuss the issue.

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