Odisha Govt Directs Discoms To Appoint Electrical Safety Officers

Bhubaneswar: Five days after the unfortunate incident of a bus catching fire on coming in contact with 11 KV live wire in Ganjam on Sunday leading to the death of 10 persons, the Odisha government today issued directives for selection of electrical safety officers at discom (distribution companies) and electrical circle levels.

“Directives have been issued for selection of electrical safety officers at discom and electrical circle levels,” informed Minister of State for Energy Dibya Shankar Mishra here today after holding a video conference with all district Collectors, SPs, and all officers of Energy department in the presence of Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Energy Secretary and CMD OPTCL.

The Minister said Collectors have been directed that as per specification a distance of 22 ft has to be maintained from the ground when an 11 KV line crosses a road, 19 ft in case of it going alongside a road and minimum 15 ft in other places.

“Wherever there is a scope for an accident waiting to happen in the future, the places need to be identified with the help of PRI members, police, BDOs as real teamwork as emphasized by the CM so that precious lives are not lost in the future,” pointed out Mishra.

The Minister stated that clear cut directions and strict instructions have been issued to all discom officials to last chain i.e. Junior Engineer level in this regard.

Mishra informed that he accompanied by the Energy Secretary and CMD OPTCL will be visiting the survivor of the unfortunate bus tragedy at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack tomorrow.

He added that they have appealed to the Chairman OERC to provide whatever help that can be extended to the families of affected persons from the discoms.

Dibya Shankar Mishra, Energy Minister, Odisha