Budgam: The life of students and teachers in Government Middle School Hamchipora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district is at constant risk due to the presence of dangling overhead High Tension (HT) wires.
“The loosened HT lines are crossing over the school premises and pose a grave danger to the life of students and employees of the school,” a teacher told Kashmir Reader.
He said the school management raised the issue with the senior functionaries of the Power Development Department many a times, but the officials turned deaf ears to the repeated pleas.
“The lines are lying very low and we prohibit the children to play and walk in the school ground,” the teachers said adding that the lines have suffered extensive damages at many places and the wooden electric pole is fully deteriorated and could break down at any moment.
According to the locals, the lines are attached with the wooden electric poles which are in a dilapidated condition. “These poles can break anytime and can cause a major tragedy,” the residents said.
“The presence of high tension wires inside the school premises has become a deterrent for the parents intending to send their wards to the educational institutions,” the locals added.
“We fail to understand as to why the PDD officials don’t shift these electric lines, which can cause any untoward incident anytime,” the teachers said and urged the Chief Engineer PDD to shift the wires at an earliest to prevent any tragedy and save the life of students.
When contacted, PDD Assistant Executive Engineer Beerwah, Mohammad Jamal said that the HT lines would be shifted from the school premises.
“I do not know about the problem but it is a serious issue. I will send my team to the village and will get the video of the spot. If needed, the lines would be shifted from the school as soon as possible to avoid any untoward incident,” junior engineer Satpal Singh said.