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AUG 10 2016

This I-Day, make sure your kites don't disrupt power supply lines

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Wed 10th AUG 2016


This Independence Day flying kites could land you in trouble. No, flying kites is not a crime but if you are using metal coated threads or manjhas and it damages power equipment, then it is punishable under Electricity Act and Delhi Police Act.

In an advisory issued by Delhi's power distribution company BSES, it has said the wide-spread use of metal coated manjha -being a good conductor of electricity - poses a great danger not only to the person flying the kite, but also poses a risk to the electricity supply of an area.

The manjha used to fly kites contains metallic substances and in some cases, it is made of a thin metallic wire. When these metal coated manjha comes in contact with a live overhead wire, it causes trippings, resulting in blackout of the area fed by the affected line - a phenomenon witnessed each year.

As per the company, tripping of a single 33/66 KV line can disrupt power supply to over 10,000 consumers and it could take more than two hours to rectify the situation.

Even though, disrupting power supply and causing damage to power equipment is punishable under the Electricity Act and the Delhi Police Act, there seems to be little consideration shown for the law as well as power supply, said BSES.

"In the run-up to the Independence Day, we have put our Operations and Maintenance teams on extra high alert to take care of any kite-flying related contingencies. Elders and parents are also requested to inform and counsel children not to enter prohibited/ barricaded electrical installations to retrieve kites because life is more precious than a mere 10-20 rupee kite. Any carelessness can lead to a major power failure, blackout and even electrocutions," added a BSES official.


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