New Delhi: Delhi government on Monday approved a long-pending proposal to remove all high-tension electric lines crisis crossing various unauthorised colonies across the city considering safety issues.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
"We have decided to remove all overhead high tension electric lines passing across various residential areas, particularly unauthorized colonies, as they pose a serious threat to human life," Dikshit said.
The funds for shifting the lines are being released under a scheme which was launched to provide basic amenities like roads and drains, water supply network and sewerage in unauthorised colonies.
The shifting of the high tension lines from unauthorized colonies was not covered under the scheme titled `Provision of Essential Services in Unauthorized Colonies` earlier.
A number of mishaps had taken place as unauthorised structures have come up beneath major power transmission lines.
Dikshit said funds for shifting the lines would be
released by the Urban Development department to the Power Department on the basis of their recommendations.
"Initially, the scheme would be implemented in 895 unauthorised colonies which were regularised in September last year. For rest of the colonies, orders will be issued in due course," Dikshit said. Delhi has a total of 1,639 unauthorised colonies.
Last year, Delhi Transco Ltd, which maintains all major transmission lines, had served notices to around 5,000 people to remove unauthorised structures.
Power department officials said unauthorised constructions not only create hindrance in efficient functioning of transmission system but often damage the transmission lines and other electrical installations.
As per electricity act, a 35 meter (17.5 meter on each side of transmission line) `Right of Way` is required for a 220 KV transmission line and while for a 400 KV line, 52 meter of space (26 meter on each side) is required to ensure proper maintenance of the transmission lines and safety of general public.