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Electrical wires hanging in Sarabha Nagar market, Ludhiana are dangerous

March 15th, 2011

SOURCE : Times of India

LUDHIANA: Seemingly unconcerned about the safety of city residents, officers of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) have turned a blind eye to the electrical wires hanging in Sarabha Nagar market that pose a threat to shopkeepers, restaurant owners and visitors alike.

Shopkeepers said despite several complaints registered by the market association, the officers have not taken the problem seriously. They said there are frequent incidents of short circuit that creates panic among the visitors and they constantly fear the occurrence of mishaps in the market, which is one of the posh shopping centres in the city.

Members of Sarabha Nagar Market Association rued that they have not left any stone unturned for solving the problem but all in vain. They alleged that neither the power department nor any municipal councillors have paid attention to their grievances. The shopkeepers said since the wires were hanging low, they tied them together with a rope but it is not a permanent solution to the problem.

However, deputy chief engineer Rachpal Singh said, ”Basically it is a communication problem. People should contact me directly instead of shuttling between other departments and authorities.”

Meanwhile, shoppers visiting the market say the hanging wires are a great inconvenience and even a safety hazard. ”Though the shopkeepers have lifted the wires to some extent, they are still uncovered. There are chances of short circuit anytime, especially during rainy season. If the authorities are unable to solve the problem of prominent markets like Sarabha Nagar then how could they solve the problem of other markets situated in congested areas,” said Manpreet, a student.

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