‘A number of deaths have taken place due to them’

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved the shifting of high-tension/low-tension lines from unauthorised colonies on the ground that they posed serious threat to human life.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who chaired the meeting, said the decision to remove these lines passing over residential areas, especially unauthorised colonies, was taken after several members of the Delhi Assembly drew the attention for shifting of such lines as a number of deaths had taken place due to them.

The funds for shifting these lines will be released under the “Provision of Essential Service in Unauthorised Colonies” to provide basic amenities such as roads, drains, water supply and sewerage and street lights. The shifting of HT/LT lines in unauthorised colonies was hitherto not covered under the scheme. The funds would be released by the Urban Development Department to the Power Department on the basis of their recommendations.

Ms. Dikshit said the Delhi Government was keen to bring a more practical policy with feasible solution to overcome the menace of overhead HT/LT lines.

Initially, the scheme will be applicable in 895 colonies regularised at the first instance.

For rest of the colonies orders will be issued in due course.

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