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Transformer gives resident sleepless nights

Transformer is installed in a public space and not inside the compound wall of the house, say TNEB officials Photo:G. Krishnaswamy.   | Photo Credit: G_Krishnaswamy

An electric transformer in Santhosapuram is giving one man sleepless nights. The 440-volt transformer has been installed near the compound wall of house number 2D on Fourth Cross Street in Kumaran Avenue, Anandha Nagar, Santhoshapuram.

The lone resident of this house is worried, because this transformer occupies almost half of the 20-feet road.

OLM. Ullaga Sundaram, the resident, says he objected to the installation of the transformer near his house in November 2007 and wrote letters about the issue to the a executive engineer (AEE), West Tambaram, the executive engineer (EE), West Tambaram, the assistant engineer (AE), Gowrivakkam and the assistant divisional engineer (ADE), West Tambaram.

“The ADE directed the AEE and EE to shift the transformer to another place and prepare the estimate (transportation and installation) in this regard. Besides, he also directed the AE, Gowrivakkam, to take necessary action. The AE requested to pay an initial amount of Rs. 500 towards shifting charges, which I paid. Moreover, I filled in a ‘Bond of Indemnity’ towards transportation and installation charges to a new place. Till date, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) has not taken any steps to remove the transformer on the 20-feet road,” he pointed out.

Repeated complaints to TNEB authorities through letters and in person from 2007 to now, have been in vain, he added.

In July 2014, the lone resident wrote letters to AE, Gowrivakkam, ADE, DE, AEE and EE, West Tambaram, superintendent engineer, Ashok Nagar, chairman and chief engineer, TNEB, the CM’s Cell and the district collector, Kancheepuram, requesting that the transformer be removed. “But no action has been taken to shift the transformer till date. When it rains, sparks emit from the transformer. The sparks can come in contact with the balcony grill gate of my house. I am worried about potential accidents and electrocutions,” he says.

Again this year, I was directed by the AEE, West Tambaram, to pay the initial amount and sign the ‘Bond of Indemnity.’

“I refused saying that I cannot pay for the second time,” he adds.

The AE, Gowrivakkam, visited the spot before ten days and said that steps were being taken to look for an alternative place and that the transformer would be shifted soon. When contacted, TNEB officials said the transformer had been installed in a public space and not inside the compound wall of the house.


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