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Power discoms use social media to discourage use of metal-coated string for kite flying

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Power discoms are using to deter the use of metal-coated string, 'manja', for flying, which picks up ahead of and festivals like Bandhan.

Using metal-coated 'manja' for flying can endanger lives, besides disrupting supply, power discom BSES warned.

"Widespread use of metal-coated 'manja', which is a of electricity, poses great danger to not only the person flying the kite, but may also disrupt the supply," a BSES said.

The BSES' discoms, (BYPL) and (BRPL) have launched a drive to generate awareness among people about the perils of using metal-coated 'manja'.

"A campaign to sensitise consumers and children has been launched. Simple tips on precautions to be taken while flying are being disseminated through a short, three-minute-long film," the BSES said.

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

Each year, there are several instances of power tripping due to flying, he added.

A of Distribution Limited (TPDDL) said 107 cases of power tripping due to kite flying were reported last year.

The TPDDL has also launched a mass sensitization drive across its distribution areas in north and north-west

As part of the drive, it is distributing 10,000 specially-designed among children which carry safety guidelines and awareness messages about safe kite flying in the festive season.

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

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 20:50 IST