The circular was issued on 12th June 2019 and states that many incidences regarding fatal and non-fatal accidents, while illegally fixing communication cables on MSEDCL structures/lines by LCOs have been reported. The circular added that this act on behalf of LCOs is not only illegal but also causing a threat to the safety of MSEDCL’s lines/equipments and men working on these lines/equipments.
Circular said: “The illegal cables are also resulting in loss of human lives, hardship to the consumers due breakdown on lines/equipments and financial losses to MSEDCL.”
Also, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) had issued an order dated 29th June 2006 directing removal of all encroachments on MSEDCL’s poles from the cable operators immediately to avoid any untoward incidents due to it. It said there is total negligence from MSEDCL side on this illegal action of communication/cable operators at the local level.
MSEDCL stated: “In view of the above, it is instructed that all the cables illegally fixed on any MSEDCL structures, DTCs, HT & LT lines etc. shall be removed immediately. It shall be ensured that no such cables are fixed illegally on our structure in the future.”