Bhubaneswar: As many as 1,176 members of the general public have died on account of electric shock in Odisha in a span of little less than a decade (2010-2019 October).
This was revealed by Energy Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra in response to a question by BJP member Mohan Charan Majhi today.
Quoting from data provided by the four electricity distribution companies (discoms) CESU, NESCO, WESCO, and SOUTHCO operating in the State, the Minister said that a total of 239 employees of these companies have died of electric shock during the aforementioned period.
Also, 883 domestic and other animals and 74 elephants were electrocuted during the same period.
The Minister said that Rs 5,87,81,754; Rs 2,84,52,262; Rs 8,80,95,064 and Rs 5, 07,74,821 has been respectively paid by CESU, NESCO, WESCO, and SOUTHCO towards ex-gratia payment to the family of the deceased persons during the period subsequent to inquiries by concerned Electrical Inspectors.
The Minister clarified that as per the law, maintenance of every transmission line and sub-stations are vested with the discoms.
New transmission lines and sub-stations are inspected for safety and approved by the Electrical Inspector before commissioning, he added.