Tilting pole puts residents in constant fear

A precariously tilting electricity pole at a public place in Kacharakanahalli on the Hennur Main Road, linking the Bengaluru International Airport, has caused concern among the residents.

They feel it is a disaster waiting to happen, with a petrol bunk situated right opposite the pole.

Residents said that though they have repeatedly brought the issue to the notice of the officials concerned of Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike (BBMP) and Bescom, no action has been taken to replace the pole.

“The BBMP removed the footpath to facilitate road widening work. It has not bothered to reconstruct the footpath.

The road is a busy thoroughfare with high pedestrian movement. Many children and elderly citizens cross the road and walk close to the electricity pole. We shudder to think of the consequences as visually impaired persons also use the stretch,” Manjesh Kacharakanahalli, a local resident, said.

For last 20 days

While it remains uncertain what caused the pole to bend, residents say it has been in this position for the past 20 days.

“The local Bescom office is barely a kilometre away and it is surprising that they are ignorant of the issue. A few days ago, the crack in the pole structure was minor.
Now, it is as if the pole will come crashing down any moment,” Manjesh said.

Not aware

Kacharakanahalli ward corporator Padmanabha Reddy was not available for comment. When contacted, Anand Naik, chief general manager, Bescom, told Deccan Herald that he was not aware of the problem.

However, he promised that he would look into the matter and direct the field officers to take corrective measures immediately.

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