Theft of underground cables continues

loss: A worker displaying the underground copper cable of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited which was stolen by unidentified persons on Lake View Road.   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.Ganesan.

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: With recurring theft of underground copper cables that affected landline telephone and broadband connections, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has proposed to deploy night watchmen in select areas.

On Tuesday night around 15 metres of copper cable, which would cost around Rs. 14,000, was cut and taken away at Lake View Road in K.K. Nagar. The BSNL General Manager, V.K. Sanjeevi, said that the cables were exposed outside after the Corporation had dug up the area for constructing storm water drainage.

More than the loss in terms of money value, BSNL is more concerned about the disruption of lines. The Tuesday's snapping of cable has hit 400 connections. “It is a laborious task to connect these cables,” he said. But for those who have stolen, the cable is worth only the copper value.

BSNL has been lodging complaints with the police and in many cases the stolen property were recovered in the form of copper ingot, he said.

Mr. Sanjeevi said that batteries at one of the mobile tower at Nagari were stolen. He said that it was extremely difficult to post security personnel at all the mobile towers round the clock. However, the BSNL would explore the possibility of remote monitoring of select towers in far off places.