Video: Dangling cable wires to do a disappearing act?

Palike to submit a report to the State Human Rights Commission on Dec 23

Bengaluru’s low hanging power cable wires have been a hazard for the citizens, with many even suffering serious injuries. Despite many complaints, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to people’s plight. That is, until now. Following a complaint by an activist, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has directed the BBMP to fix the cables within this month.

Jagan Kumar, a social activist from Ramamurthy Nagar, had lodged a complaint on March 8, 2019 with the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) asking the BBMP authorities to remove the low hanging cables that pose a danger to the pedestrians. “I have come across people losing their lives or getting injured due to such low hanging cables. The plight of unaware citizens made me complain to the KSHRC. I am happy that the KSHRC summoned the BBMP,’’ said Jagan Kumar.

I have come across people losing their lives or getting injured due to such low hanging cables. The plight of unaware citizens made me complain to the KSHRC

– Jagan Kumar, Social Activist

Following the complaint, the KSHRC directed BBMP Com-missioner N Manjunatha Prasad, BBMP’s Head of the Legal Cell Keshav Deshpande, and the Commissioner of Police Kamal Pant to submit an action-taken report on this issue at 3.30 pm on December 23.

“It appears that the BBMP has not taken any effective legal steps to prevent and remove the overhanging optical fibre cables all over the city in violation of the strict provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act 1976,’’ the KSHRC proceeding stated.


The KSHRC said that BBMP officers have admitted that the overhanging cables were indeed causing accidents and injuries to ordinary people and such incidents are reported to the police.

“Therefore, it was suggested and discussed that proper legal notice should be issued to all internet and cable service providers concerned to remove and put them in order within a reasonable period of a fortnight to one month and thereafter take up the issue of removal of such illegal cabling in accordance with the law.

The action taken on these lines may be reported to the Commission on the next date of hearing which is fixed on December 23 at 3.30 pm,’’ the KSHRC proceeding stated.

Meanwhile, VR Marathe, a social activist, said that he had already complained to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) against the illegal optical fibre cables in the city.

“The ACB wrote a letter to the BBMP. The BBMP sent it to the Technical Vigilance Cell under Commissioner (TVCC) to look into the matter. The TVCC sent the file back to the BBMP without taking any action,’’ said Marathe.

Vishnu Prasad of Bellandur Development Forum has also said that he has approached police and other authorities against the illegal cables in and around Bellandur but nothing has been done till date.

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