Mess of wires make it incredibly difficult for electricians and firemen to work on and fix
Nantu Lal Das: Electricity poles in the capital pose danger for pedestrians as they are illegally being used for Internet and cable TV connections, but the authorities concerned appear to be playing the role of an onlooker.
Many of the cables have been placed illegally, with locals taking advantage of the confusing tangles to steal power from their neighbours or commercial properties, according to sources.
The tangled web of overhead cables all over the city have added to visual pollution.
There are tens of thousands of electric and telecommunication poles and street light posts on which the cables have been strung for years.
People walk on the streets amid risk of accidents, some locals said adding that overhead cables are also destroying the beauty of the capital city.
There is also instance of fatal incident due to electrocution caused by these cables. If a fire takes place because of these cables, there is possibility of great disaster.
Sources said a huge number of Internet cables lie inoperative in many areas. If any cable is found faulty, ISP company replaces it without removing the faulty one.
“This is how jungle of overhead cables is increasing day by day,” the sources added.
When monsoon season strikes the density of wires can be dangerous, with broken electricity cables falling into pools of water.
It has been reported that the government in 2009 aims to relocate the wires underground, but the physical work is yet to get underway.