City’s power company starts safety inspection

After three deaths were caused by exposed electricity cables in recent months, the Ho Chi Minh City Power Company started a city wide safety inspection of its electric cable system October 7.

An employee of the Tan Thuan Power measuring temperature of the connection (Photo: SGGP)
The inspection team started at the Nguyen Thi Thap Street, Tan Phu Ward, District 7.
A team of ten employees from Tan Thuan Power, a branch of the company, first targeted transformer station no.8.
The team carefully checked all the parts of the station, such as wires, connections, grounds and circuits.
The trouble for the inspectors was not from the station but from the jumble of telecommunication wires which were hung on the pillars.
Some wires were broken and dangled in the air, which caused the team to spend a lot of time on the problem. Some broken wires were temporarily hung onto the pillars.
A few electric wires and lights were assembled illegally and badly placed by local residents. These have now been removed.
As scheduled, 32 groups from 15 local branches of the company and a high voltage company will separately carry out inspections on their own local electric systems. Some of the major checks are electric leaks through exposed cables, signals, connection and grounds.
Others checks are on the steel and aluminum pillars, circuit and galvanometer boxes, ligaments and secondary electricity networks in the alleys.
The inspection also noted that banners or advertising boards have been hung on pillars, thus causing problems. They too have been removed.
The owners of the banners have been warned and maybe charged depending on the seriousness of the case.
The inspections will last until October 31.
On the same day, HCMC Electric Power Trading Investment Corporation started its construction on a part of the Tran Hung Dao Street, starting from its crossroads with Nguyen Khac Nhu Street to its crossroads with Nguyen Van Cu Street.
The project will provide an underground place for power and communication companies to place wires and cables.
The project is expected to be completed by next January.
In related news, the HCMC Power Company recently submitted an official dispatch to the city’s departments of Information and Communications, and Industry and Trade to suggest cutting and collecting telecommunication cables, which were hung on pillars illegally.
The suggestion was a feedback to the situation that many communication cables weave illegally between the pillars and create a meshed ‘spider web.’
The situation has already deteriorated because cable companies have refused to cooperate with the power company to rearrange their cables.
The idea is to clear the web and create a better image for the city.

By Staff Writers – Translated by Truong Son

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