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BSES cautions Delhiites against flying kites near electricity

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BSES today cautioned Delhiites against flying kites near electricity installations and overhead wires on the Independence Day, saying it poses a danger of electrocution and also disrupts the power supply in the area due to tripping.

The metal coated thread or manjha, used for flying kites, being a good conductor of electricity poses a great danger not only to the person flying the kite, but also poses a risk to the electricity supply of an area, a BSES statement said.

"Each year, there are several instances on both counts. Even though disrupting power supply and causing damage to power equipment is punishable under the Electricity Act and the Police Act, little consideration is shown in this regard," it said.

Reiterating the need to be cautious while flying kites, a BSES spokesperson said that people should enjoy kite-flying, but they should do it responsibly.

"We advise residents not to fly kites near electricity installations, including overhead cables and certainly avoid using metal or metal coated manjha. These two simple mantras will ensure safe I-Day celebrations," he said.

According to estimates, tripping of just one 33/66 KV overhead line can disrupt power supply to over 10,000 residents of an area.

Last year, there were around 28 instances of kite-flying related trappings in BSES area.

"In the run-up to the Independence Day, we have put our Operations and Maintenance teams on high alert to take care of any kite-flying related contingencies.

"Elders and parents are also requested to inform and counsel children not to enter prohibited/barricaded electrical installations to retrieve kites because life is more precious. Any carelessness can lead to a major power failure, blackout and even electrocutions," the spokesperson said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 08 2017. 22:07 IST