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Risky: Mescom workers repairing an electricity pole that was damaged in a road accident near Canara College in Mangalore, on Monday.
Risky: Mescom workers repairing an electricity pole that was damaged in a road accident near Canara College in Mangalore, on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

Four MESCOM poles damaged; plan to insure infrastructure

MANGALORE: If it was elemental fury that affected the infrastructure of Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited last week, it was accidents that inflicted damage on it on Sunday.

Four power transmission poles in the city were damaged after being hit by vehicles and this led to disruption of power supply to many areas. The poles damaged include an 11-kV power transmission pole near Canara College on Jail Road, and low-tension lines near Balmatta post office, on Vas Lane and on Bejai New Road.

The Mangalore number one sub-division Assistant Executive Engineer Sadana T.E. told The Hindu that all the four poles had been damaged in overnight accidents caused by vehicles, and that the company had identified the culprits with regard to two incidents.

The vehicles involved in destruction of the poles at Canara College and Vas Lane had not been identified, she said, and added the lorry owner had come forward to pay for the damage caused in Bejai. The company has filed a complaint with Mangalore East (Kadri) police station in the incident where the pole was broken near Balmatta post office, she said. “The company will have to replace the two poles,” she said.

Noting that the company mostly uses reinforced cement concrete poles within the city limits, Ms. Sadana said the poles on an average cost around Rs. 3,000.

“In a few cases, the party concerned voluntarily comes forward to pay the cost of replacing the pole as was the case with the incident at Bejai New Road,” she said.

Managing Director of Mescom S. Sumanth said the company was toying with the idea of insuring its infrastructure including poles and major transformers. “We do suffer these repeated costs, either due to natural calamities or due to accidents,” he said. The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited too had taken a similar step, but it had limited results, he said.

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